News Release for March 26, 2012

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


Interstate 295 Northbound’s Congress Street and Park Avenue's On-Ramps to Close March 27

Portland, ME. Maine’s recent warm, dry weather has allowed contractors to get a head start on this year’s $7.9 million bridge rehabilitation project on Interstate 295.

MaineDOT has announced that construction crews will close two of Portland’s I-295 northbound on-ramps on Tuesday, March 27, at the Congress Street interchange. The two ramps, the Park Avenue and Congress Street on-ramps, will be closed for the duration of work at this location. Off-ramps there will remain open.

Recommended alternative routes include using the Fore River Parkway, Forest Avenue, or Franklin Street on-ramps to join I-295 northbound.

Drivers are urged to visit MaineDOT’s website at for more details including maps, updates, and to sign up for email alerts. The website also features eight webcams, updated every five minutes, offering both northbound and southbound views of I-295. Motorists can now check for possible traffic congestion before they head out onto the Interstate.

While highway work is always weather dependent, MaineDOT estimates that the bridge work will be done in September and night paving operations will finish up in October. MaineDOT appreciates the patience of all motorists during this construction period, and also asks motorists to drive safely through all work zones.