News Release for June 12, 2013

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


Emergency Repairs Scheduled for Gray (Exit 63) Toll Plaza

From our friends at the Maine Turnpike

Emergency repairs necessary to accurately charge E-Z Pass tolls will require closing one of two toll lanes used by vehicles entering the Turnpike for southbound travel at Exit 63 in Gray. Motorists will likely experience long delays and heavy congestion on nearby roads and are advised to seek alternate routes, especially between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., Thursday, June 13th, Friday, June 14th and possibly Monday, June 17th.

Work is expected to begin at approximately 9 a.m., Wednesday, June 12th, with the contract calling for repairs to be done in five days, weather permitting. The Maine Turnpike Authority has scheduled the work to include the weekend to minimize impact on weekday commuters and is expected to reopen the toll lane Monday, June 17th.

The toll lane closure is necessary to repair damaged underground electronic vehicle sensors used to accurately calculate E-ZPass tolls in addition to concrete demolition, excavation and reinstallation.

Motorists can check or call 800-675-PIKE (7453) in advance of the Monday, June 17th morning commute for more updated information and an estimated time of project completion. Similar updates will also be available by following the MTA on Facebook and Twitter.

There will also be a restriction for wide loads over 8'6" wide. They will be prevented from entering the Turnpike for southbound travel throughout the project.

The Maine Turnpike Authority does not take the issue of potential travel delays lightly. Project managers know they have an impact on drivers and sincerely appreciate their patience and understanding.