News Release for July 14, 2011

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297


Rain Pushes Late Night I-295 Northbound Ramp Closures In Freeport To Thursday and Monday

FREEPORT, Maine – Heavy rain last night forced a cancellation of nighttime paving operations near the I-295 Northbound Exit 22 (Mallett Drive) on- and off-ramps and has forced a rescheduling of ramp closures for Thursday and Monday.

With yesterday’s work moved to tonight, repair crews will be closing the I-295 Northbound Exit 22 on- and off-ramps from midnight to 6:00 a.m. to permit paving on the main travel portion of the highway. Drivers should use Exit 20 (Desert Road) or Exit 24 (Route One) to exit or enter Interstate 295 Northbound in Freeport.

On Monday night, the Exit 24 on- and off- ramps will be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to allow similar paving operations there. Motorists are advised to use Exit 22 or Exit 28 (Route One) to exit or enter Interstate 295 Northbound.

As yesterday’s rain proved, highway repair work is often weather dependent, and the schedule may change again if unfavorable weather reoccurs.

Drivers on I-295 are advised to pay close attention to signage connected with the repair work especially signs indicating reduced speed zones. For more information, maps, and to sign up for email alerts, please go to This effort is part of a substantial I-295 repair and improvement project that will be ongoing through the fall of this year. Roadway and bridge repair work has been structured to minimize the impact on motorists while improving the safety and enjoyment of traveling one of Maine’s most popular highways.

MaineDOT appreciates the patience of all motorists during this construction period, and also asks motorists to drive safely through all work zones.