News Release for August 4, 2011

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


Motorists Need To Be Aware Of Possible Lane Closure Friday Night On I-295 Northbound In Portland

PORTLAND, Maine -- Shortly after 9 p.m. this Friday night, August 6, I-295 Northbound construction crews on Tukeys Bridge will reopen the currently closed center lane and establish a newly closed lane along the side of the bridge. Crews may need to reduce this section of I-295 Northbound to one travel lane while dismantling barriers from the center lane and creating the new lane closure. This temporary lane closure would be short in duration.

Once the move is completed, drivers will again travel this section of the I-295 project with two adjacent lanes of through traffic flowing over the bridge.

This transition will occur once paving of the closed center lane is completed. However, since paving is a weather-dependent operation, rain could possibly cause a delay in the plan.

MaineDOT reminds motorists that shifting travel lanes and temporary on and off-ramp closures associated with repair work on Interstate 295 continue to demand that travelers pay special attention to informational signs when approaching work zones—especially signs indicating reduced speed zones.

As the work on I-295 progresses, MaineDOT continues to stress the likelihood of traffic backups during commuting hours and suggests that commuters consider carpooling, taking the bus, and adjusting afternoon work schedules.

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.