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Maine Turnpike Turns 70

The Maine Turnpike Authority will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Maine Turnpike’s first phase, the 47-mile, Kittery-to-Portland superhighway on December 13. Before the Maine Turnpike opened on December 13, 1947, it could take half a day to drive from Portland to Kittery. After the Turnpike opened, only 47 minutes.

What began as a vision shared by Maine legislators in 1940 and was then delayed by America’s entry into World War II, became a reality in 1947 as the Maine Turnpike debuted as the nation’s second superhighway and immediately set a number of historic firsts.

  • Maine’s first mile-a-minute highway
    The Turnpike was Maine’s first roadway with a posted 60 mph speed limit. Few New Englanders in 1947 had ever driven that fast.
  • New England’s first and only the nation’s second superhighway
    The first section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, defined as a superhighway for its double two-lane limited access roadways separated by a wide median strip, opened in 1940. The Maine Turnpike was America’s second modern superhighway.
  • America’s first toll highway to pay its own way
    The Maine Turnpike was financed completely with the issue of revenue bonds purchased by investors and repaid from toll collections. In seven decades, tolls have paid for all of the Turnpike’s maintenance and improvements without ever having to rely on state or federal funding.
  • America’s first asphalt superhighway
    Some experts say that the Maine Turnpike was the first highway in the world to be built entirely with asphalt. Concrete was considered the only way to go before Maine’s superhighway set the new standard.

The original smooth, straight stretch of roadway proved to be such a popular success, that in 1953 the Turnpike Authority sought to extend the pike northward. On December 13, 1956, the 66-mile, Portland-to-Gardiner extension, including the four-mile Falmouth spur, was added to the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Seventy years later, the Maine Turnpike continues to be a proving ground for new highway engineering, construction, and technological advancement. In recent years, the Maine Turnpike Authority has added Open Road Tolling systems that process electronic EZPass transactions as drivers cruise through at highway speeds. On-ramp and off-ramp configurations have been upgraded with newer, safer designs. Last year, the Lewiston exit was rebuilt with the state’s first Single Point Urban Interchange, a design developed to move large volumes of traffic more safely and efficiently within a limited space.


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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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