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Maine Turnpike Expects Traffic Increases for July 4th Holiday

Although Independence Day falls during the middle of the week this year, the Maine Turnpike Authority is expecting increased holiday traffic. The Maine Turnpike Authority anticipates traffic to grow by approximately 1.4 percent over last year’s Fourth of July travel, with more than 687,000 expected along the Maine Turnpike between Friday and Saturday alone.

From January through June 2018, the turnpike has seen a 3.65% growth in traffic compared to the same period in 2017. 2017 marked the busiest year in Maine Turnpike history. With heavy traffic expected on the road, the MTA is urging motorists to be aware of peak times, plan accordingly, and drive safely.

Tuesday, July 3 could be one of the busiest of the year with high traffic volumes as people arrive just before the holiday. “Because the 4th of July falls on Wednesday this year, it changes the flow of incoming traffic and spreads out people’s arrivals. With that being said, we still expect it to be a busy week out on the road and urge motorists to drive safely and pay attention through work zones,” said Erin Courtney.

The MTA will be suspending construction related lane closures beginning on Tuesday, July 2  that will remain in effect through Thursday, July 5. “We are pausing our construction projects over the holiday to help motorists make it to their destination more easily and safely. Motorists will still need to use caution as they drive through a number of active construction projects out on the road,” said Courtney.


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Nighttime Ramp Closures on I-95 in Maine

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports that work continues at Exit 32 in Biddeford. Below is the latest schedule of nighttime ramp closures:

  • 10:00 PM on Tuesday, June 26, until 5:00 AM on Wednesday, June 27, southbound entering and departing ramps closed to traffic.
  • 10:00 PM on Wednesday, June 27, until 5:00 AM on Thursday, June 28, northbound entering and southbound departing ramps closed to traffic.
  • 10:00 PM on Thursday, June 28, until 5:00 AM on Friday, June 29, southbound departing ramps are closed to traffic.

Work on the bridge is weather dependent, please pay attention to the VMS signs in the area.


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Ramp to Close Tuesday, May 29 for Maine I-95 Construction Project

The Maine Turnpike Authority reports that the I-95 Exit 1 southbound on ramp will be closed for several weeks beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The ramp, located in Kittery, will be closed in order to perform repairs to the Turnpike’s mainline bridges that pass over Dennett Road. The Exit 1 southbound on ramp closure is in addition to the Exit 1 northbound off ramp closure that has been in effect since late March. Both ramps are expected to be closed until June 22, 2018. The closure is necessary during construction in order to preserve public safety by maintaining three lanes of traffic in each direction on the mainline of the Turnpike.

VMS Boards and detour signs will be in place during the closure. “We are working to ensure that Exit 1 is reopened before we get into the month of July and traffic volume from tourists picks up,” said MTA spokesperson Erin Courtney. “It was better for us to do the work this spring and get out before summer traffic explodes.”

During the closures, construction crews will perform bridge repairs and modifications to the Dennett Road Overpass Bridge. The scope of work includes a new pavement surface on the northbound bridge, guardrail updates and concrete deck repairs.


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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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