News Release for October 1, 2015

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


MaineDOT to Continue Safety Improvements along I-295 in Freeport

Freeport – Starting Monday, October 5th, 2015, crews will begin the final phase of the brush and tree clearing, in preparation for seeding, along the interstate corridor in Freeport. This phase will consist of the grinding of stumps below grade and the removal of the remaining debris, leaving a smooth surface suitable for seeding. The work will occur just south of the Exit 22 and extend north for approximately 4 miles. It will result in temporary shoulder and ramp closures, and all work will occur between 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

The first phase of the project occurred earlier this spring with the removal of brush and trees along this area. MaineDOT is required to maintain the roadway for the safety of the traveling public. By reestablishing the clear zone through the clearing of the brush and trees, MaineDOT is ensuring that vehicles that leave the roadway are less likely to strike a fixed deadly object (large tree). Also, clearing allows the department to ensure that during a weather event, trees, brush, branches, etc. do not end up falling into the roadway creating a significant safety hazard.

By clearing back the trees in the interstate right-of-way, the sunlight is able to hit the pavement, minimizing the formation of ice and accelerating the melting of snow and ice that may accumulate on the pavement. A properly cleared right-of-way also increases sight distance for drivers who may encounter large animals.

Areas will be mulched to prevent erosion and seeding will follow site preparation. Work is expected to be completed by late October.