News Release for September 6, 2011

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


Paving Process Begins Tonight On Portland’s Tukeys Bridge

Portland, ME. As contractors continue to finalize this summer’s I-295 and Tukeys Bridge reconstruction, work crews will begin the re-paving process tonight by milling the highway’s northbound passing lane from Franklin Street to just north of the Veranda Street exit. The passing lane will be closed during tonight’s operation starting at 7 p.m. through 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.

MaineDOT cautions motorists, especially motorcyclists, that they will encounter an uneven, milled surface in the passing lane during the day on Wednesday.

Construction crews plan to complete paving of the passing lane Wednesday night, weather permitting. Crews will mill and fill the travel lane along the same stretch of I-295 starting at 7 p.m. Thursday through 7 a.m. Friday morning, weather permitting.

In case of wet weather, crews will pave the passing lane between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, and the travel lane between 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.

MaineDOT strongly recommends that drivers who are traveling northbound through Portland during evening hours consider alternate routes including the Maine Turnpike. With the final phases of the I-295 project stretching into early fall, traffic backups during peak traffic hours remain a possibility.

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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.