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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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I-95 Ramps to Close in South Portland

The Maine Turnpike Authority is reporting  the following exit closure as a result of I-95 construction.

  • The Exit 45 Southbound entering and departing ramps in South Portland will be closed from 9:30 pm to 6:00 am nightly, from Tuesday, November 8 through Thursday, November 10, 2016 for bridge construction on the Exit 45 Interchange Bridge.

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Maine Turnpike On Ramp to Temporarily Close

The Maine Turnpike Authority plans to close the southbound on-ramp at Exit 63 in Gray beginning at 10 AM this Friday so that construction crews can complete the final steps needed to open the new southbound toll plaza in time for the Monday morning commute on October 24.

In addition, the new southbound off-ramp will open to drivers exiting the Turnpike at Gray beginning Friday, October 21. This new off-ramp bears right, leading drivers to an intersection that was created by the addition of the new toll plaza where Route 26A joins Route 202 on the western side of the Turnpike.

The design of the new interchange will ease traffic congestion during peak commuting hours. Where northbound and southbound traffic share a ramp in the previous design, the new interchange gives southbound traffic its own ramp joining the Maine Turnpike.

“Southbound entering the turnpike in the morning is one of the busiest times at the Exit 63 plaza and afternoon northbound off is the busiest,” said Erin Courtney of the Maine Turnpike Authority. “It made sense to separate these rather than them all going through the same ramp.”

The work being done at Exit 63 consists of highway, bridge, signage and toll system improvements at the Gray interchange. In addition to the improvements associated with the new southbound ramps and new southbound toll, the contractor is also performing work along the Maine Turnpike, the northbound ramps, Route 202 and Route 26A. The toll plaza work includes a new toll administration building located by the southbound ramps and reconstruction of the existing toll plaza for the northbound ramps.


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Maine Opens New I-95 Exit 80 in Lewiston

The Maine Turnpike Authority opened the redesigned I-95 Exit 80 interchange in Lewiston. The new Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) will dramatically improve travel to and from the Turnpike via Alfred Plourde Parkway.

The new SPUI (pronounced “spooey”) realigns the four on-and-off-ramps and two intersections into one, single intersection where traffic is controlled by a single set of traffic signals. Its unique feature is an inverted left turn lane, which allows left turns to be made simultaneously under the Turnpike bridge in a considerably smaller space than other interchange designs.

 


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Emergency Bridge Repairs on Maine I-95 Will Stop Traffic Beginning Sunday

Beginning Sunday night, September 18, the Exit 45 Bridge on the Maine Turnpike Authority will require southbound stoppages of up to 20 minutes each in order to perform emergency repairs due to a recent bridge hit.

The stoppages are scheduled to last for five nights beginning Sunday, September 18, 2016 and will last through Thursday night, September 22, 2016. Stoppages will begin each night at approximately 10:00 p.m. for up to 20 minutes at a time, and will continue as needed until 5:00 a.m. the following morning. The stoppages are necessary in order to perform girder heat straightening repairs to the bridge.

Overnight closures of the Exit 45 southbound ramps will also be required as part of the emergency repairs. Message boards will be updated to alert travelers to upcoming closures. Please travel with caution. The Maine Turnpike Authority thanks motorists for their patience during this construction.


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I-95 Exit 45 in Maine Closed Thru September 15, Seek Alternate Routes

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports that I-95 Exit 45 (Maine Turnpike) southbound entering and exit ramps in South Portland will be closed nightly, from September 11 through September 15, from 9:30 pm to 6:00 am for emergency bridge repairs.

Seek alternate routes.


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Maine I-95 Paving from Falmouth to Gray Nearly Complete

The Maine Department of Transportation reports that I-95 paving (Maine Turnpike) will be “substantially completed” by September 23, 2016.

The construction  project consists of pavement rehabilitation of the two 12-foot wide lanes and shoulders from mile 54.5 to mile 64.4.

The project also consists of milling and filling and overlaying the four ramps at Exit 63. The work also involves earthwork, bridge repairs, snow fence installation, drainage, guardrail, pavement markings, and
maintenance of traffic.


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