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I-95 Ramps in Maine Closed Tonight

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports that on Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Maine Turnpike northbound entering and departing ramps of Exit 63 Interchange in Gray will be closed from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

The closure is necessary to complete demolition work that is part of the current Interchange improvement project. During the overnight closure motorists should seek alternate routes.


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Overnight Ramp Closures on I-95 in Maine

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports the following overnight ramp closures next week on I-95 at the following locations:

Exit 86 in Sabattus: Beginning Sunday evening, August 27, overnight closures will occur at Exit 86 Interchange in Sabattus for paving. The closures are expected to last for three evenings, weather permitting. Only one interchange ramp will be closed at a time, with all closures happening between the hours of 9 PM and 5 AM. VMS boards will be placed in advance to notify motorists of which ramp will be closed each night. Motorists should seek alternate routes if necessary.

Exit 63 in Gray: Beginning Sunday evening, August 27, overnight closures will occur at Exit 63 Interchange in Gray for paving. The closures are expected to last for three evenings, weather permitting. Only one interchange ramp will be closed at a time, beginning with the southbound off-ramp on Sunday from 10 PM to 5 AM. On Monday, work will continue on the Route 202 bridge and Tuesday evening the northbound on-ramp is scheduled to be closed. All closures will will occur between the hours of 10 PM and 5 AM. VMS boards will be placed in advance to notify motorists of which ramp will be closed each night. Motorists should seek alternate routes if necessary.


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I-95 Exit 1 Ramp to I-295 in Portland Reopened

The maine Turnpike Authority published the following update to their Open Road Tolling Plaza construction project:

UPDATE: The Exit 1 northbound off-ramp on I295 in South Portland has reopened.

Below is the original release sent out prior to the closure.

PORTLAND, Maine- On Monday, June 5, the contractor working for Maine Turnpike Authority, Reed & Reed, will temporarily close Exit 1 northbound off-ramp on I-295 in South Portland as part of the work for the new Open Road Toll Plaza off Turnpike Exit 44. The closure is scheduled to start in the morning, but is weather dependent. Drivers will be redirected via portable message signs and fixed signs on the Turnpike to Exit 45 in South Portland. Turnpike Exit 45 provides easy access to all points that can be reach using Exit 1. The ramp will reopen on June 30th, before the July 4th holiday weekend.

The Exit 44 Open Road Toll Plaza project consists of replacing the old plaza and constructing two highway speed open road tolling lanes in each direction, and well as cash lanes to the right. It also includes the construction of a tunnel for employee access and utilities, the construction of a utility building, and the reconfiguration of the Exit 1 northbound ramp. Closing Exit 1 during the re-alignment of that ramp will be safer for the travelling public and construction workers, and will reduce construction time.


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Temporary Exit Closure Monday June 5 in Maine

On Monday, June 5, the contractor working for Maine Turnpike Authority, will temporarily close Exit 1 northbound off-ramp on I-295 in South Portland as part of the work for the new Open Road Toll Plaza off Turnpike Exit 44. The closure is scheduled to start in the morning, but is weather dependent. Drivers will be redirected via portable message signs and fixed signs on the Turnpike to Exit 45 in South Portland. Turnpike Exit 45 provides easy access to all points that can be reach using Exit 1. The ramp will reopen on June 30th, before the July 4th holiday weekend.

The Exit 44 Open Road Toll Plaza project consists of replacing the old plaza and constructing two highway speed open road tolling lanes in each direction, and well as cash lanes to the right. It also includes the construction of a tunnel for employee access and utilities, the construction of a utility building, and the reconfiguration of the Exit 1 northbound ramp. Closing Exit 1 during the re-alignment of that ramp will be safer for the travelling public and construction workers, and will reduce construction time.


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Lane Closures, Traffic Delays as Bridge Work on Maine Turnpike, I-95 Begins

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports that starting today, May 3, 2017, the Route 202 Bridge over the Maine Turnpike in Gray will result in  lane closures with one open lane in each direction due to road work.

The lanes will be narrowed to 10-foot wide in each direction throughout the duration of the work which should be completed in July.

Motorists may experience slowed traffic in this area. Please be aware and stay alert to any advanced notification on Variable Message Boards.


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ORT Toll Plaza Construction Begins on I-95 in Maine

Contractor Set to Break Ground Next Week on the Turnpike’s Fourth “ORT” Toll Plaza at the I-295 Interchange in Scarborough (Exit 44)

Officials from the Maine Turnpike Authority (MTA) announced that construction crews are scheduled to start the first phase of building Maine’s newest, E-ZPass Open Road Tolling (ORT) facility off Maine Turnpike (I-95) Exit 44 in Scarborough next week. The contractor for the project is Reed and Reed of Woolwich, Maine, which won the competition to build the plaza with its low bid of $17.4 million.

The new toll plaza will be located just north of the existing I-95 toll plaza and southerly of I-295 Exit 1. It will include four ORT lanes (two in each direction), which provide E-ZPass customers the convenience of cruising through at highway speeds while sensors collect the toll electronically. ORT also allows those who want or need to pay cash to do so safely by pulling to the right to staffed toll booths.

Motorists can continue to use the existing Exit 44 Toll Plaza throughout the construction project.

The project will be done in four phases over the next three construction seasons, with completion scheduled for summer 2019.

  • Phase 1: Roadway widening
    Widening of I-295’s northbound and southbound lanes for the construction of paved, temporary lanes and the beginning of construction for the administrative building, parking area, access road, and snowplow turnaround.
  • Phase 2: ORT and Tunnel Construction
    Redirecting the two southbound and two northbound lanes around an interior work zone to allow the contractor to build the ORT lanes, partial construction of the concrete median barrier separating the ORT lanes and the cash lanes, ORT space frame and foundations, and partial construction of the utilities tunnel beneath the toll plaza.
  • Phase 3: Cash Lanes Construction
    Completing the northbound and southbound cash lanes, access road, administrative building, and parking area. Testing of the ORT lanes will likely require short-term closures of the existing cash lanes and proposed ORT lanes.
  • Phase 4: Demolition of Existing Facility
    Removal of the old toll plaza, the existing MTA utility building, and parking area.

While this plan should minimize impacts on travelers using I-295, Turnpike officials noted that drivers going to or coming from the points north of Portland can also use the Falmouth Spur between Turnpike Exit 52 and I-295 Exit 11. This route is essentially the same distance as using I-295, but is usually faster and easier.


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I-95 Travelers in New England May See Treacherous Conditions

Heavy rain and up to 10″ of snow is forecast to begin later today for most of the northeast including including portions of the I-95 corridor.

I-95 travelers can expect heavy rain in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts while snow will fall in New Hampshire and Maine.

Winter Weather Advisory
The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow… which is in effect from 7:00 PM this evening to 5:00 PM EST Wednesday. The advisory calls for snow, with accumulations up to to 6 inches of snow tonight and Wednesday. Snow will make travel difficult.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow
will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow
covered roads and limited visibilities… and use caution while
driving.

Today (Tuesday, January 17, 2017)

  • New York City: Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain for the afternoon. Chance of rain 90%.
  • Providence, RI: Cloudy with steady rain in the afternoon. Chance of rain 90%
  • Boston, MA: Partly cloudy this morning. Increasing clouds with periods of showers this afternoon. Chance of rain 50%.
  • Portsmouth, NH: A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon.
  • Portland, ME: Partly cloudy.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 18, 2017)

  • New York City:  Overcast. Cloudy.
  • Providence, RI: Overcast. Rain and drizzle.
  • Boston, MA: Cloudy. Rain is likely. Snow west of Boston. Chance of rain 80%.
  • Portsmouth, NH: Cloudy with rain and snow. Chance of precip 80%.
  • Portland, ME: Snow during the morning will transition to snow showers during the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 80%.

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Nighttime Traffic Stoppages on I-95 in Maine This Week

The Maine Turnpike Authority will be having nighttime traffic stoppages this week to preserve public safety for two different projects on the Turnpike.

In Falmouth, on the Falmouth Spur, there will be traffic stoppages at the toll plaza between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. through Thursday nights. The purpose of the stops is so that contractors can erect overhead signs as part of the conversion of the plaza to an Open Road Toll (ORT) plaza. When complete, the ORT plaza will allow E-ZPass users to pass through the toll at highway speeds, while preserving the option to safely pay cash at toll booths to the right. This Falmouth project is part of the Maine Turnpike Authority’s overall plan to convert all of the mainline toll plazas to ORT. When the plaza opens this summer it will be the third ORT plaza on the Turnpike.

In Gray, as part of the improvement of the Exit 63 Interchange, contractors will be removing the old bridge across the Turnpike on Wednesday and Thursday night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. This will involve traffic stops of up to 25 minutes while the structural steel is removed.

The schedules of both of these projects is subject to change if there is inclement weather.


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Lane, Shoulder Closures for I-95 Construction in Maine

Contractors working for the Maine Turnpike Authority have begun a roadside clearing project on the Turnpike (I-95) at Rand Road (Exit 47).

In this first phase of this work, the contractor, Comprehensive Land Technologies, Inc. of South China, Maine, plans to clearing vegetation from the easterly (northbound) side of the Turnpike and proceed northerly to Exit 48 (Riverside Street), and then move to the westerly (southbound) side of the Turnpike and work southerly back to Rand Road.

It is expected that this first phase of this I-95 construction work will take 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the weather. For this work to proceed safely for travelers and the workers, it will involve closing of shoulders and occasionally the right-hand travel lane. Accordingly, it has been scheduled in the winter to minimize impacts to travelers.
This clearing is a basic maintenance activity and is not part of any construction project. It is being done to enhance safety for Turnpike travelers in three ways.

  • It allows more sun to hit the road, which helps melt ice and snow quicker, thereby improving traction quicker and reducing the need for salt.
  • It allows drivers to more easily see large wildlife like deer and thus avoid collisions.
  • It can reduce the severity of crashes when a vehicle leaves the highway by removing trees that could cause a deadly collision.

This first phase is part of a 4-month, $178,000 I-95 construction contract to provide roadside clearing along the Turnpike mainline from Exit 47 to Exit 52, and along both sides of the Falmouth Spur to a point near I-295.

This I-95 construction work has been planned to minimize the impacts abutting homeowners as much as practical, consistent with the goal of achieving the safety benefits for travelers.


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I-95 Maine Turnpike Offering Holiday Travelers Free Coffee

The Maine Turnpike Authority is encouraging holiday travelers to take break for safety and will treat Turnpike customers to a complimentary cup of coffee New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Many travelers will be traveling very late or very early during the holiday and to help them stay alert, complimentary coffee will be offered at all five Maine Turnpike Service Plazas from 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Turnpike Service Plazas, operated by HMSHost, are located both northbound and southbound at mile 25 in Kennebunk, northbound and southbound at mile 58 in Gray and Cumberland respectively and at mile 102 in West Gardiner. The plazas also offer fuel, food and rest rooms 24 hours a day 7 days a week for travelers on the Maine Turnpike. The plazas in Gray and Cumberland were recently renovated this summer with more hot food choices for traveler’s convenience.

Maine State Police Troop G will be actively patrolling the Maine Turnpike to keep drivers and passengers safe throughout the holidays. Turnpike staff also works with state troopers to assist stranded motorists during daytime and overnight hours.


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