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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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Long Term I-95 Ramp Closure in Maine Scheduled to Begin Tuesday

The I-95 Exit 1 northbound off ramp closure that was scheduled to begin last Wednesday has been rescheduled. The closure is now scheduled to occur beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The ramp, located in Kittery, will be closed in order to perform repairs to the Dennett Road overpass bridge along the Maine Turnpike. The Exit 1 northbound ramp is 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. The Exit 1 southbound on ramp will also be closed for up to 28 days beginning in mid-May. More information will be provided pertaining to the southbound closure once the details are more defined.

“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.


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Yet Another Coastal Storm for East Coast I-95 Travelers

The third coastal storm in 2 weeks is poised to bring gusty winds, minor coastal flooding, and areas of snow, heaviest in New England.

After the precipitation ends in the Mid-Atlantic region Monday night, attention turns to New England as the third nor’easter in two weeks is expected to bring significant snow from Connecticut to Maine, with some locations possibly getting in excess of a foot of snow. Parts of upstate New York are also likely to get heavy snow through the middle of the week. With the forecast track of the storm expected to be farther southeast than the last two events, the highest winds and waves should remain over the offshore waters.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for all of southern New England.

Snow will begin after midnight with heavier snow and near-blizzard conditions Tuesday morning lasting into the afternoon.

Potential for 1″ to 3″ of snow per hour, combined with high winds, could lead to near impossible travel conditions around Tuesday morning and even the Tuesday afternoon commute.


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Weekend Snow Storm Threat Brewing

A fast moving weather system will likely bring accumulating snow to portions of the Mid Atlantic and Northeast Saturday and Sunday. While not expected to be a blockbuster, the possibility of up to 6 inches of snow along the I-95 corridor is likely.

This storm will see accumulating snow from West Virginia to southern Maine, and will occur from Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. During the height of the storm snow may accumulate up to an inch per hour for several hours.

I-95 travelers will see wet to slushy to snow-covered pavement this weekend. From New Jersey to New York City, 1-3 inches of snow is forecast. Connecticut and Rhode Island will see 2-4 inches while the Boston area is expected to see up to 6 inches of snow. Snowfall amounts will taper off  in New Hampshire and Maine.


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Maine Rings In the Winter Recreational Season With More Than A Foot Of Snow

As Bob and Doug would say, “So, like take off to the Great White North”.

This past week marked the official start of the Maine Office of Tourism’s weekly snow reports, sent in collaboration with Ski Maine Association and the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) snow depth map shows the majority of Maine has between 18 and 24 inches. The coastal regions show less snow, while areas in the Maine Highlands region and Aroostook County show up to two feet or more.

According to a Bangor Daily News article, the Christmas day storm left more than a foot of snow covering much of the state, with heavy winds contributing to near whiteout conditions and snow drifts.

Christmas vacation week presents a busy time at ski centers throughout the state. Mt. Abram will host a variety of activities that range from beer tastings to a family ski race and après celebration. At Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, their Winter Festival will take place and feature equipment demos and open mic nights. Live music, movie nights and a New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks and live music will be happening at Sugarloaf. In Newry at Sunday River, there is fun for the whole family including dining with Eddy the Yeti at North Peak, River Nugget Jam and New Year’s Eve fireworks. For the first time ever, Lost Valley was able to open their entire terrain for Christmas week.

“Every ski center in the state, both alpine and Nordic, has spectacular conditions with some areas reporting up to 22 inches in the last week,” said Greg Sweetser, Ski Maine’s executive director. “Many areas are operating on vacation week hours, so it’s a great week to hit the slopes.”

To celebrate the start of 2018, Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain will be running their Tour de Titcomb with a Classic Sprint and Hill Climb.

For snowmobilers, MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers said, “This winter’s snowmobile season is shaping up exceedingly well, with ample snow depth across most areas of the state and with cold temperatures helping to create a solid trail base.”

There are snowmobile trails groomed and ready throughout Maine. Some trails with excellent conditions include: Limestone, known as the “Border Trail” from Limestone to Van Buren; Coburn, between The Forks and Jackman; Madawaska, with a clubhouse occasionally open and serving chicken stew and ploys; and East Kennebago 1 and 2, with views from the summit of East Kennebago Mountain in Rangeley.

The MSA snowmobile trail conditions page went live on the website yesterday, and will be updated daily throughout the season. As a special caution for the coming week, some regions of the state are expected to experience an extended period of cold weather, especially in the Caribou area where there are warnings of a dangerous wind chill of negative 20 to 30 degrees during the day.

“Take it easy, bundle up and be sure your gear is in good working order if you venture out,” said Meyers. “Be smart and safe. Now is not a good time to end up having to walk!”

“We’re thrilled to see a lot of fresh snow covering much of Maine as we get ready to kick off the new year,” said Maine Office of Tourism’s senior tourism officer, Phil Savignano. “This season’s ski and snowmobiling season appears to be promising, and we also look forward to a winter filled with other outdoor activities and events. With Maine’s size and varied geography, keep in mind there is always good snow somewhere in Maine even if it’s not in your backyard.”

For weekend plans, bundle up to go ice skating at The Rink at Thompson’s Point, or for Nordic skiers and snowshoers, Pineland Farms of New Gloucester has freshly groomed trails and loops and to warm up at the end of the day, a kitchen and deli serving soups, salads and sandwiches. Get out of the cold by checking out one of Maine’s farmers markets in Portland or Brunswick, both open Saturdays.

The snow reports will be released each Wednesday throughout the season. Visitors can also find information about other winter activities and events on VisitMaine.com.


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