MaineDOT News Releases

Following are the latest news releases issued by The Maine Department of Transportation.

11/29/2022: Paving and Drainage Work on Depot Road in Gray

MaineDOT

News Release for November 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


GRAY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making drainage improvements on Depot Road in Gray. The work area begins east of the railroad tracks and continues to Town Farm Road. Work is beginning today and will continue into January before being suspended for the winter. Work will resume in May and is scheduled to be completed in May. Traffic will be reduce to a single lane of alternative traffic during this work. The contractor on this project is A.H. Grover Inc. of North Yarmouth. The contract amount is $557,905.

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11/29/2022: The "Veranda Plan" Is Finished

MaineDOT

News Release for November 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - Construction on the Maine Department of Transportation's Veranda Street Bridge Replacement Project the "Veranda Plan" is now substantially complete. This project involved the rapid replacement of the interstate bridge that carries I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland over the course of a single weekend. The work also involved the reconfiguration of the roadways underneath the bridge to increase safety, provide enhanced bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and create opportunities for a public green space along the waterfront.

The Veranda Street Bridge carries I-295 over Route 1/Veranda Street (between Exits 9 and 10) in Portland. It is one of the most heavily travelled corridors in the State of Maine. On an average day, 50,000 vehicles use the interstate bridge. The old bridge was 61 years old and structurally deficient. The new bridge is designed to last 100 years.

MaineDOT used an innovative Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technique designed to reduce long-term traffic disruptions. Conventional bridge construction techniques would have involved the construction of a temporary bridge and would have likely created daily traffic congestion on I-295 for up to four years. This ABC method reduced significant traffic impacts to a period of 60 hours. With the help of Burgess Advertising & Marketing of Falmouth, MaineDOT launched a public awareness campaign, urging people to make their own "Veranda Plan" to avoid the area during the closure weekend. These efforts were critical to minimizing traffic delays while the interstate was closed.

The old roadway geometry underneath the interstate bridge was confusing and contributed to a high incidence of crashes at the intersection of Veranda Street and the I-295 southbound on-ramp. Part of this project involved a reconfiguration of that roadway. Modern signalized intersections at the end of the Exit 9 ramps will improve safety for all users. The reconfigured Veranda Street consists of two 11-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes, two five-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway, and a multi-use path on the south side that extends to the Martin's Point Bridge. Nearly 1.5 acres of what was previously roadway and median can now be used for green space. The City of Portland will be overseeing further work along the waterfront.

Planning for MaineDOT's Veranda Street Bridge Replacement Project began in 2016. Construction began in March 2021. The interstate closure weekend occurred this past April. Final paving began in October and is now finished.

The construction contract for this project was approximately $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) was approximately $20.8 million.

HNTB Corporation of South Portland was the design firm for this project. Cianbro of Pittsfield was the prime contractor. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham performed the earthwork and bridge demolition.

MaineDOT is extremely grateful to everyone who helped make this project a success. Department staff and our contracting partners all worked as one team to get this important work done safely and on schedule. The City of Portland, the Town of Falmouth, and the Maine Turnpike Authority also played key roles. Most importantly, MaineDOT would like to thank our customers: the people who live, work, and travel in our state. These customers especially those who live and work near the project site have been extremely patient and understanding throughout the course of this important work. Thank you all.

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11/28/2022: Casco Bay Bridge Weight Restriction Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for November 28, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND/SOUTH PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing maintenance work on the Casco Bay Bridge next week. This work will require a traffic restriction on the bridge. Vehicles weighing more than 25 tons (50,000 pounds) will not be permitted to cross the bridge during the week of December 5th through December 9th. This restriction will be in place around the clock on these days. MaineDOT will also use message boards to alert drivers of the temporary weight restriction.

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11/21/2022: Bridge Replacements over I-295 in Falmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for November 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FALMOUTH - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the bridges that carry Bucknam Road and Johnson Road over I-295 in Falmouth. The existing bridges date back to the creation of the interstate. They were built in 1960 and are approaching the end of their useful service lives.

The Bucknam Road Bridge replacement is happening first and will occur in two phases. On-site work began in September.

Drivers should expect nightly lane closures on both the northbound and southbound sides of I-295. These closures will occur on Sunday through Thursday nights between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day. Single lane closures on Friday nights will only be permitted on the southbound side of the interstate between 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Full closures of I-295 (northbound and/or southbound) will be permitted Monday through Saturday between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Any full interstate closure will not last longer than 25 minutes.

On Bucknam Road, lane closures are permitted on Sunday through Thursday nights between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day.

Starting after November 27th, there will be occasional full closures of Bucknam Road between the I-295 northbound and southbound ramps. These closures will occur on Sunday through Saturday nights between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. the following day.

Clearly marked detours will be in place during all full closures.

Work on Bucknam Road will continue into 2024. On-site work on Johnson Road has not yet begun. The estimated completion date for both bridge replacement projects is December 12th, 2025.

The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. of Richmond. The contract amount is $19,574,460.

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11/17/2022: Traffic Impacts on Western Avenue in Augusta

MaineDOT

News Release for November 17, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing work at the intersection of Western Avenue and Armory Street in Augusta that will impact traffic later this week and all next week.

The work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 9th and end by Friday, November 18th. Much of this work will be daytime work occurring between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Drivers should expect lane closures on the westbound side of Western Avenue (the side closer to the Armory and heading toward I-95).

This work involves paving and curb installation. Crews will be creating a new entrance/exit to the Armory parking lot west of the existing entrance/exit. The existing entrance/exit (across from Armory Street) will be closed, turning the four-way intersection in a three-way intersection.

This work is part of a larger project to upgrade 104 traffic signals and intersections throughout the state. Forty of those intersections are in the City of Augusta. The contractor on this project is Dagle Electrical Construction Corporation of Wilmington, MA. The contract amount is $20,844,813.

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11/2/2022: MaineDOT Awards First Workforce Transportation Pilot Funds

MaineDOT

News Release for November 2, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation today announced it has awarded a $387,200 grant from the Workforce Transportation Pilot Program to Sunday River of Newry. The grant program, an initiative of Governor Mills' Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, supports local and regional pilot projects that connect workers to employers through ridesharing, vanpools, and other transit options.

Sunday River's award, the first from the pilot program, will support the purchase of four all-wheel-drive vans to offer free transportation for workers from nearby towns to the ski resort, to support existing employees and to reduce barriers to work for new employees.

Further, in partnership with the Bethel Chamber of Commerce, these vans will also offer transportation to workers at other area businesses in addition to Sunday River. A fifth electric van will help transport Sunday River workers residing in employer-provided housing.

"This funding will provide critical connections for Sunday River - the Bethel area's largest employer and the people who work there," said Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation. "We look forward to continuing to work with our partners across the state to identify challenges and develop solutions to other workforce transportation challenges."

"Sunday River is incredibly honored to receive this grant," said Brian Heon, General Manager of Sunday River. "As a business that employs numerous people in a rural area, reliable transportation is crucial to our team members. We care deeply for our community and we're proud to be able to offer free transportation to our valued team members."

The Workforce Transportation Pilot aligns with strategies from Maine Won't Wait, the state's four-year plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in part by promoting public transportation, to combat climate change.

MaineDOT is working with several other applicants on their proposals. There is no application deadline, but applicants are encouraged to submit projects as soon as possible. With this first award, approximately $4.6 million remains to be awarded.

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is the Governor's plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in Federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine people and families, help businesses, create good-paying jobs, and build an economy poised for future prosperity.

In the last year since the Jobs Plan took effect, the Mills Administration has delivered direct economic relief to nearly 1,000 Maine small businesses, supported more than 100 infrastructure projects around the state to create jobs and revitalize communities, and invested in workforce programs estimated to offer apprenticeship, career and education advancement, and job training opportunities to 22,000 Maine people.

Read a full report of the Jobs Plan's investments in the past year here. For more about Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, visit maine.gov/jobsplan.

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11/1/2022: Temporary Bridge Closures in T3 Indian Purchase

MaineDOT

News Release for November 1, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


T3 INDIAN PURCHASE - The Maine Department of Transportation is closing the Detective Campbell Detour Bridge in T3 Indian Purchase to perform maintenance on the structure. The bridge carries Route 11 over the West Branch of the Penobscot River. It is located at Wiley's crossing suspension bridge. This work will require two, separate closures during the day on Thursday, November 3, each lasting approximately 30 minutes in length. The work will be completed and will be reopened to traffic the same day.

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10/27/2022: Upcoming Night Work on Route 1 in Yarmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for October 27, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


YARMOUTH - Night construction work will be impacting traffic on Route 1 in Yarmouth during the second week of November as part of the ongoing project to replace the two bridges that carry I-295 over Route 1 near Exit 17. Crews will be placing the steel bridge beams onto the recently constructed substructure west of the existing interstate.

This work is scheduled to occur between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from Sunday, November 6th through Friday, November 11th. Route 1 traffic will be reduced to a single lane of alternating traffic. Occasional full closures of Route 1 will happen between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Full closures will not last longer than 25 minutes each. I-295 traffic is not expected to be impacted by this night work. Nearby residents should expect loud noise and vibrations. As with all outdoor construction, weather conditions may impact the schedule.

Construction on this project began in December. This is a multi-year project that is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2025. The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport. The contract amount is $27,566,210. This project is the recipient of federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Competitive Highway Bridge Program.

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10/20/2022: Culvert Replacement Work in Clinton

MaineDOT

News Release for October 20, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


CLINTON - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing two culverts on River Road in Clinton. The project area is approximately 0.3 miles north of Tardiff Road. Work started earlier this week and is expected to be finish the end of this week. There is a detour in place. This work is being performed by crews from MaineDOT's Bureau of Maintenance & Operations.

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10/19/2022: Update on Route 9 Closure in Durham

MaineDOT

News Release for October 19, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


DURHAM - Route 9 is expected to be closed between Royalsborough Road (Route 136) and Pinkham Brook Road (Route 125) in Durham for as long as two weeks while the Maine Department of Transportation replaces a culvert that failed at Dyer Brook.

Detoured traffic should use Route 136 and Route 125 in Durham and Freeport. The total detour length for through traffic using state roads is approximately 17 miles, though there are shorter detours that use local roads. MaineDOT has installed message boards to notify drivers of the closure and detour.

The department was notified of the culvert failure at approximately 2:00 p.m. yesterday. MaineDOT crews responded to the scene and ultimately closed the road to all traffic at 7:00 p.m.

Upon closer inspection by MaineDOT engineers, it appears that several factors led to this culvert failure. Recent rainfall elevated the water level of the brook while also softening the sandy embankment near the road. Additionally, it appears there was part of a beaver dam blocking the culvert. When water couldn't adequately pass through the culvert, it began to erode the sandy fill and eventually punctured a seam in the culvert. This caused a segment of the culvert to collapse, further weakening the embankment.

The culvert that failed had a diameter of six feet. We will be replacing it with a culvert that is 15 feet wide and 10 feet tall at its highest point. This replacement culvert will improve the resilience of the infrastructure and be able to accommodate a 100-year storm event. It will also accommodate fish passage underneath Route 9.

We estimate the cost of this culvert replacement to be between $300,000 and $500,000.

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10/18/2022: UPDATE: Culvert Failure on Route 9 in Durham (MEDIA AVAILABILITY TOMORROW)

MaineDOT

News Release for October 18, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


DURHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be implementing an emergency road closure and detour at 7:00 p.m. due to the failure of a culvert on Route 9 in Durham.

The closure area is between Royalsborough Road (Route 136) and Pinkham Brook Road (Route 125), just east of the intersection with Route 136.

Detoured traffic should use Route 136 and Route 125 in Durham and Freeport. The total detour length for through traffic is approximately 17 miles. MaineDOT is installing message boards to notify drivers of the closure and detours.

This is an emergency closure. We expect the road to be closed for two weeks.

The culvert that failed had a diameter of six feet. We will be replacing it with an arch that is 15 feet wide and 10 feet tall at its highest point. This replacement culvert will improve the resilience of the infrastructure and be able to accommodate a 100-year storm event.

MaineDOT Director of Communications Paul Merrill will be on site tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. to accommodate any interview requests.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM EARLIER TODAY:

DURHAM - A six-foot-wide culvert on Route 9 in Durham failed at approximately 2:30 this afternoon. The location of the incident is approximately a half-mile east of where Route 9 meets Route 136. Crews are currently allowing a single lane of alternating traffic on Route 9, but the Maine Department of Transportation plans to eventually close the road to traffic until we can replace the culvert.

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10/18/2022: New England 511 Website Upgrade

MaineDOT

News Release for October 18, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - In partnership with the other northern New England states, the Maine Department of Transportation launched an updated New England 511 website today. This new site includes improved features to help drivers navigate daily commutes or weekend trips through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

The New England 511 website provides real-time road and weather conditions, links to live cameras, construction alerts, traffic warnings, and more. Users will now be able to select precise points (such as the beginning and end of a daily commute) and sign up to receive email and/or text alerts when anything impacts travel along that route.

The New England 511 website address (https://newengland511.org) will remain the same, but because of the extensive changes, every current user will have to create a new account to continue to receive notifications by email and/or text message. MyTrips notifications generated by the old website will stop on October 23rd.

Here is what New England 511 users can expect from the new website:

  • The updated website is mobile-friendly; it is optimized for cell phone and tablet users.
  • The new base map uses Google Maps, which provides users updated maps with much greater detail and information.
  • Users can plan precise routes and sign up to receive email and/or text alerts about changes impacting those routes
  • An improved layer showing traffic speeds and displays exactly where traffic is delayed.
  • Waze users have the option of accessing a map layer that uses Waze data.

The New England 511 website is the result of a partnership involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Staff at all three organizations update the New England 511 system with real time travel information 24 hours a day to help keep travelers informed and safe.

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10/14/2022: Frank J. Wood Bridge Inspection

MaineDOT

News Release for October 14, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK/TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing a bridge inspection of the Frank J. Wood Bridge between Tuesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 27th. This bridge carries Route 201 between Brunswick and Topsham. Because of the poor condition of the fracture critical Frank J. Wood Bridge, MaineDOT engineers inspect it every six months instead of the normal every 24 month frequency. The structure is scheduled to be replaced.

This inspection work will impact traffic. Drivers should expect impacts between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on all three days. Southbound traffic moving from Topsham to Brunswick will be able to cross the bridge. Northbound traffic from Brunswick to Topsham will be detoured to the Topsham Bypass and Route 196.

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10/14/2022: Veranda Plan: Final Paving Work Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for October 14, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - Next week, the Maine Department of Transportation and its contracting partners will be doing paving work on Veranda Street, Wordsworth Street, Olympia Street, and Oregon Street in Portland. This is one of the final phases of MaineDOT's Veranda Plan project. This project involved the rapid replacement of the interstate bridge that carries I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland as well as the reconfiguration of the roadways underneath the bridge.

This upcoming paving work will impact traffic. Crews will be working long days, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Lane closures will be in place between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with periodic traffic stoppages during paving operations. We do not expect any daytime traffic impacts on I-295. There will be some overnight work on the interstate to complete the last remaining work there.

Construction on the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project began in March 2021 and involved the full closure of I-295 for one weekend in late April 2022 to accommodate the interstate bridge replacement. This project is expected to be finished next month.

The contractor on this project is Cianbro of Pittsfield. The construction contract is approximately $18.1 million.

MaineDOT and its contracting partners would like to thank the people who live, work, and travel in this area for their patience and understanding as we work to complete this important work.

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10/6/2022: GO MAINE Launches Fall Way 2 GO MAINE Challenge

MaineDOT

News Release for October 6, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - GO MAINE, the statewide ride sharing and trip planning program, relaunched its popular Way 2 GO MAINE challenge on Saturday October 1st. The highly successful How Green Can You Go competition gives green commuters and employers a chance to elevate their alternative travel games; build their own company teams; and vie for incentives, prizes, and bragging rights. Prizes include a Maine State Park vehicle pass and $200, $100, and $50 gift cards that can be won by commuters using each week's featured mode or by members who join GO MAINE in the month of October. Way 2 GO MAINE provides GO MAINE members great opportunities to save money and have fun while doing so. GO MAINE staffers will be out across the state during the month of October conducting both on-site and virtual promotional events.

"There's been a lot of excitement surrounding the return of the October Way 2 GO MAINE challenge," said Emily Becker, GO MAINE Program Manager. "We're seeing a lot of organizations using Way 2 GO MAINE as a way to jumpstart their commuter options program and encourage employees to think green."

GO MAINE commuters also qualify for the program's Emergency Ride Home Benefit. In the event of a qualified emergency, GO MAINE covers the cost of a ride home from work, a special plus for businesses with participating employees.

Ray Steen, vice president of human resources at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, said, "BIW has had a strong tradition of ride sharing since World War II. Now, with many new shipbuilders, we are looking for an easy way for new team members to connect with colleagues for ride shares, carpools, and vanpools. GO MAINE offers not only ride matching, but an emergency ride home feature that helps employees with a longer commute feel confident they can get home if something happens."

The GO MAINE statewide ride sharing and trip planning program is administered by the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority. All GO MAINE programs and services are free for individuals and organizations. More information on the GO MAINE program can be found at GoMaine.org. Organizations interested in organizing their own GO MAINE program are welcome to contact Emily Becker, Program Manager, at emily@gomaine.org.

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10/6/2022: MaineDOT and MTA Statements on the Loss at CPM Constructors

MaineDOT

News Release for October 6, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


Following yesterday's tragic plane crash in Arundel that took the lives of Eldon Morrison and Paul Koziell of CPM Constructors, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority issued the following statements.

Statement by Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation:

"Maine Department of Transportation team members are shocked and saddened today as we mourn the sudden loss of Eldon Morrison and Paul Koziell. These two men were outstanding individuals and true partners in moving Maine forward. The work they did and the company they built will benefit people who live, work, and travel in Maine for decades to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and colleagues today. We will all miss them."

CPM Constructors has done dozens of projects for MaineDOT in recent years. Those projects include:

  • Replacing two I-295 bridges over Route 1 near Exit 17 in Yarmouth (ongoing)
  • Rehabilitating five railroad bridges in the Northern Maine Railway line (ongoing)
  • Replacing the Beals Island Bridge in Jonesport
  • Replacing the Lambert Road and Lunt Road bridges in Falmouth
  • Reconstructing the historic Cribstone Bridge in Harpswell
Statement by Peter Mills, Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority:

"Under the leadership of Eldon Morrison and Paul Koziell, CPM Constructors has steadily grown, thrived, and taken on ever more challenging work with an expanding young staff. CPM is just finishing the reconstruction of Exit 45, one of the most diversified and difficult construction projects undertaken in Maine this past year. Last Sunday morning, at Paul's invitation, I walked the Exit 45 site with him. He was visibly proud of the new interchange - as he and the CPM staff had every right to be. It is a handsome memorial to these leaders in heavy construction. We will miss them both and so will their many conscientious employees and staff who have worked so closely with us and with other public agencies on successful projects."

Recent projects by CPM Constructors for the Maine Turnpike Authority include:

  • Reconstructing Exit 45 (ongoing)
  • Repairing bridges for Ramp J & Wilson Road in Kittery and Littlefield Road in Wells (ongoing)
  • Rebuilding, widening, and lengthening the Cummings Road overpass just south of Exit 45
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction replacement of Winthrop Street Bridge in Hallowell
  • Reconstruction of the interchange at Exit 80 in Lewiston

Both MaineDOT and the Maine Turnpike Authority have been in touch with CPM Constructors today. The company is in mourning but has every intention of continuing operations. It's what Eldon and Paul would have wanted.

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10/4/2022: Culvert Replacement Work in Eliot

MaineDOT

News Release for October 4, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


ELIOT - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on Beech Road in Eliot. The new culvert will be bigger than the existing one to increase the resiliency of this infrastructure.

This work requires the full closure of part of Beech Road from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7th until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, October 10th. The closure area is between Harold L. Dow Highway (Route 236) and State Road, approximately one quarter of a mile west of the intersection with Harold L. Dow Highway.

Detoured traffic should use Dow Highway, Old Post and Dennett Roads in Kittery, and State Road Eliot. MaineDOT has set up message boards to notify drivers of the closure and detours.

The contractor on this project is Pratt & Sons, Inc. of Mechanic Falls. The contract amount is $265,000.

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9/29/2022: I-95 Ramp Closure in Fairfield Tomorrow Night

MaineDOT

News Release for September 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FAIRFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the I-95 northbound Exit 132 on-ramp in Fairfield tomorrow night to accommodate paving operations.

The closure will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30th and end by 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1st. This schedule is weather-dependent. Any delay will push work to the following night.

This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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9/26/2022: I-95 Bridge Work in Pittsfield

MaineDOT

News Release for September 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PITTSFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning a years-long project to perform work on four bridges that carry I-95 in Pittsfield. All four bridges are between mile markers 149 and 152. The department will be replacing bridge decks on the three southbound bridges that cross Madawaska Ave., the West Branch Sebasticook River, and Hartland Ave. (Route 152). MaineDOT will be replacing the superstructure on one northbound bridge that crosses Madawaska Ave. The department will also be doing roadway reconstruction on Madawaska Ave.

Work began today. Southbound interstate traffic may be restricted to one lane during daytime hours from approximately October 10th until June 23rd, 2023. Drivers on Madawaska Ave. should expect a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. All work is scheduled to be finished by November 13th, 2026.

The contractor on this project is Eurovia/Northeast Paving of Hampden. The total cost of the construction contracts associated with this work is $11,575,238.

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9/26/2022: UPDATE: I-95 Ramp Closures in Waterville and Oakland

MaineDOT

News Release for September 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


UPDATE: Weather conditions are pushing much of this schedule by one day.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM 9/22/22:

KENNEBEC COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing several I-95 ramps overnight next week to accommodate paving operations.

All closures will begin at 9:00 p.m. and end by 6:00 a.m. the following the day. Here is the current closure schedule:

  • Northbound Exit 127 on-ramp in Waterville on Sunday, September 25th.
  • Southbound Exit 127 on- and off-ramps in Waterville and Oakland from Monday, September 26th through Thursday, September 29th.
  • Northbound Exit 130 on- and off-ramps and southbound on-ramp in Waterville from Monday, September 26th until Thursday, September 29th.
This schedule is weather-dependent. Any delays will push work to the next available night.

This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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9/13/2022: Paving Work on Route 16 in Alton

MaineDOT

News Release for September 13, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


ALTON - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work on Route 16 in Alton. The project area begins approximately one-third of a mile south of Hatch Road and extends south for nearly two miles. Work began today and is scheduled to be finished by October 15th. Drivers may encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this work is Northeast Paving. The contract amount is $794,353.

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9/9/2022: Interstate Ramp Closure in Fairfield

MaineDOT

News Release for September 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FAIRFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the northbound I-95 on- and off-ramps at Exit 132 and 133 in Fairfield on Wednesday, 9-14-22 through Thursday, 9-15-2022 to do crack-sealing work. These ramps are scheduled to be closed at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday and to be opened at 6:00 a.m. Thursday. This work is weather dependent. This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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9/9/2022: Interstate Ramp Closure in Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for September 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the southbound I-95 on-ramps at Exit 127 in Waterville on Monday, 9-12-22, and Tuesday, 9-13-22, to do milling work. The on-ramps are scheduled to be closed at 9:00 p.m. Monday, and will be reopened at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. This work is weather-dependent. It is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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8/29/2022: CORRECTION: Interstate Ramp Closures in Waterville This Week

MaineDOT

News Release for August 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


An earlier version of this press release included the wrong exit number. We will be doing work at Exit 127. We're sorry for the error.

WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the southbound I-95 on- and off-ramps at Exit 127 in Waterville between 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1st and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2nd. This work is weather-dependent. It is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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8/29/2022: Hampden Bridge Bundle Road Closure

MaineDOT

News Release for August 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be doing overnight closures of Emerson Mill Road at I-95 from Tuesday, September 6th until Tuesday, September 20th. These closures will occur between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The contractor on this project needs to close the road to remove the temporary bridge structure.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements happened on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project occurred at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

All eight new bridges are now open and carrying traffic. Northbound bridges were substantially completed last year. Southbound bridges and the rehabilitation of Cold Brook bridge were substantially completed this year.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th.

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8/23/2022: Culvert Work on Route 125 in Lisbon

MaineDOT

News Release for August 23, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


LISBON - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on the Frazier Bridge, which carries Route 125 (Main Street) over Dearing Brook in Lisbon. The project is scheduled to begin on August 29th and end by November 30th. A section of Main Street between Gould Road and Summer Street will be closed to traffic for up to 45 days beginning at 6:00 a.m. on August 29th. The section of road is scheduled to reopen on or before October 12th. Signs will direct drivers to the detour route. The contractor on this project is St. Laurent & Son Excavation, Inc. of Sabattus. The contract amount is $713,129.

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8/23/2022: Culvert Work on Route 9 in Berwick

MaineDOT

News Release for August 23, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BERWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing parts of a large culvert on Route 9 in Berwick. The project location is at the intersection of Route 9 and Old Sanford Road. Work began on August 22nd and is scheduled to be finished by October 15th. Drivers should expect an alternating, single-lane traffic pattern. The contractor performing this work is Sargent out of Fremont, New Hampshire. The contract amount is $532,205.

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8/23/2022: Interstate Ramp Closures in Fairfield Tonight and Tomorrow Night

MaineDOT

News Release for August 23, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FAIRFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the northbound I-95 on- and off-ramps at Exit 133 in Fairfield tonight and tomorrow night to do paving work. These ramps are scheduled to be closed at 9:00 p.m. and to be opened at 6:00 a.m. the following morning. This work is weather-dependent. It is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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8/17/2022: Emergency Road Closure in Belgrade

MaineDOT

News Release for August 17, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BELGRADE - The Maine Department of Transportation has closed part of Castle Island Road in Belgrade after part of a bridge structure failed. The affected area is approximately two miles west of Route 27. Signs are posted to direct drivers to a 14-mile-long detour that uses Watson Pond Road a town road. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in 2024. Maintenance crews and department management are working on a short-term fix to be able to reopen the road.

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8/17/2022: MaineDOT Installing Solar Arrays at Three Sites in Augusta

MaineDOT

News Release for August 17, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - Today, the Maine Department of Transportation announced the beginning of work to install solar arrays on three state-owned properties in Augusta.

The three projects are located at the Augusta Airport and inside the I-95 interchanges at Exits 109 and 112. Once completed, the arrays will provide low-cost renewable energy to power both the Capital complex and East Campus.

The solar projects will be owned and operated by Cenergy Power, which was selected for the project through a competitive bidding process. Once online, the arrays will generate approximately 8.5 MW of solar energy - enough to power about 1,000 homes - and are estimated to reduce state carbon emissions by up to 2,000 metric tons annually and reduce state electricity costs by at least $7.2 million over the next 20 years.

"This is a win-win for the people of Maine," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "The solar arrays constructed on three parcels of state-owned land in Augusta will save the state and state taxpayers money while also reducing the impact our energy use has on our climate."

"These solar projects will benefit nearly 1.7 million square feet of public buildings across our two campuses," said Department of Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Kirsten Figueroa. "Once online, these arrays will help reduce costs for taxpayers and reduce emissions from state power consumption, in support of Governor Mills' direction for state government to lead by example in renewable energy and sustainability."

"Cenergy is excited to work with MaineDOT to develop and build these three solar projects on state-owned land," said Cenergy's VP of Development Chad Chahbazi. "We are especially grateful for the good will and collaboration shared by the MaineDOT team to get the projects past their development phase and into their construction phase."

Each solar array site will include pollinator-friendly vegetation management practices. Cenergy is beginning work at Exit 109 this week, with further work at the other sites expected to commence later this month.

The solar arrays by MaineDOT support Governor Janet Mills' "Lead by Example" plan for state government, which encourages energy efficiency and sustainability measures in state government to reduce long-term operating costs and advance state climate goals.

The plan, released in 2021, calls for state electricity use to be from 100 percent renewable sources by 2024, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from state operations by 45 percent by 2030.

These targets align with Maine's overall climate action plan, Maine Wont Wait, and the state's statutory goals to and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, reduce emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and at least 80 percent by 2050, and transition to 80 percent renewable energy by 2030 and a goal of 100 percent by 2050.

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8/15/2022: Route 1 Culvert Replacement in Stockton Springs

MaineDOT

News Release for August 15, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


STOCKTON SPRINGS - The Maine Department of Transportation has begun work to replace a large box culvert on Route 1 in Stockton Springs. The project area is just north of the Searsport/Stockton Springs town line. Work began today and is scheduled to finish on November 23rd. Drivers should expect to encounter narrow lanes, traffic signals, and single-lane traffic patterns. The contractor on this project is Gordon Contracting, Inc. out of Sangerville. The contract amount is $1,479,479.

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8/14/2022: Interstate Ramp Closures in Fairfield Tonight

MaineDOT

News Release for August 14, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FAIRFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the northbound I-95 on- and off-ramps at Exit 133 in Fairfield tonight to do crack-sealing work. These ramps are scheduled to be closed at 9:00 p.m. tonight and to be opened at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. In the event of inclement weather, this schedule will be pushed forward by one day. This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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8/10/2022: Farmingdale Culvert Replacement Work

MaineDOT

News Release for August 10, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FARMINGDALE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a failing culvert on Maple Street in Farmingdale next week. Work will begin on Tuesday, August 16th and be finished on Wednesday, August 17th. The culvert is located approximately 200 feet north of the Maine Turnpike overpass. Crews will have to close the road to accommodate this work. Traffic will be detoured to Granite Hill Road and Hallowell Litchfield Road. The detour length is approximately four miles. This work will be done by crews from MaineDOT's Bureau of Maintenance & Operations.

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8/9/2022: Emergency Road Closure in Jackman

MaineDOT

News Release for August 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


JACKMAN - The Maine Department of Transportation has closed a section of Route 6/15 in Jackman after two days of heavy rainfall led to a culvert failure. The upstream shoulder and half of the travel lane have been washed out.

MaineDOT is setting up a detour that involves taking Route 201 to Bingham and Route 16 in Abbot. The total detour length is 143 miles. This section of Route 6/15 in Jackman serves nearly 800 vehicles on an average day. A large percentage of this traffic is trucks.

The culvert that failed is a corrugated metal pipe that is 54 inches wide and 80 feet long. Once the water recedes, MaineDOT will assess the condition of the existing pipe and plan the next steps to restore traffic to the road.

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8/9/2022: Hampden Bridge Bundle: Fourth New Southbound Bridge Opening

MaineDOT

News Release for August 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be shifting southbound interstate traffic back to the existing I-95 highway at the Emerson Mill Road Bridge in Hampden on the night of Wednesday, August 17th. Inclement weather may push this traffic shift to the night of Thursday, August 18th. This is the final traffic shift of the Hampden Bridge Bundle project.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements happened on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project occurred at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The four bridge replacements on the northbound side I-95 were substantially completed last year, and northbound traffic has been using the four new interstate bridges since then. With this latest traffic shift, all four southbound bridges will be open.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th.

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8/3/2022: Paving Work in New Gloucester/Auburn

MaineDOT

News Release for August 3, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


NEW GLOUCESTER / AUBURN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on part of Route 202. The project area begins 0.20 miles south of the New Gloucester/Auburn town line and extends north 3.78 miles. Work is scheduled to begin on August 8th and end by November 24th. Drivers may encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving of Bangor. The contract amount is $1,675,326.00.

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8/2/2022: Delay in Signal Activation in Westbrook

MaineDOT

News Release for August 2, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WESTBROOK - The scheduled activation of the signals in the Cumberland Mills Rotary in Westbrook will be postponed while crews work to finish up the striping of lines. It is anticipated that the signals will be activated on Thursday, August 4th.

Original Press Release: WESTBROOK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working on the traffic signals in the Cumberland Mills Rotary in Westbrook. This project will increase safety and increase capacity in the area where Cumberland Street, Main Street, Harnois Avenue, Warren Avenue, and Forest Street all intersect. Testing the new signals will require them to begin flashing on Thursday, July 28th. They are scheduled to be activated on Tuesday, August 2nd. We expect traffic congestion in this area for several days while drivers acclimate themselves to the new signalized traffic pattern and pedestrian crossing accommodations. This is part of a project that started in May 2021 but had to be put on hold while paving and sewer work was completed. The anticipated project completion date is August 30th. The contractor on this project is Dagle Electric Construction Corporation of Wilmington, Massachusetts. The contract amount is $2,174,747.

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8/2/2022: Brewer Riverwalk Work Continues

MaineDOT

News Release for August 2, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BREWER - The Maine Department of Transportation will begin work on the next phase of construction for the Brewer Riverwalk on Monday, August 8th. Work will begin at Hardy Street and continue for 900' south along the Penobscot River. Work includes paving a new, ten-foot-wide multiuse path, lighting, WiFi, benches, and trash receptacles. During construction, the shoulder of Route15/South Main Street will be closed. This work will provide enhancements to the existing Riverwalk. Work is anticipated to be completed on 9-20-22. The contractor in Maine Earth out of Hampden. The contract amount is $578,547,00.

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8/2/2022: Interstate Ramp Closure in Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for August 2, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the northbound I-95 on-ramp at Exit 130 in Waterville, to replace a high mast light tower. The ramp is scheduled to be closed from 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18th and reopen as soon as work is completed on Friday, August 19th. The contractor for this job is Cote Crane.

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7/29/2022: Hampden Bridge Bundle: Emerson Mill Road Closure

MaineDOT

News Release for July 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be closing the Emerson Mill Road at I-95 during some overnight hours next week. Road closures will occur, as needed between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. between the night of Sunday, July 31st and the morning of Saturday, August 6th.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The four bridge replacements on the northbound side I-95 were substantially completed last year. Northbound traffic has been using the four new interstate bridges since then. Three new southbound bridges are already open. The fourth new southbound bridge, the Emerson Mill Road bridge, is scheduled to be opened in early September. Rehabilitation of the Cold Brook Bridge was substantially completed last week.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th.

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7/29/2022: Upcoming Bridge Work in Biddeford

MaineDOT

News Release for July 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BIDDEFORD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing bridge work on the South Street Crossing West Bridge in Biddeford. Work is scheduled to begin on August 8th and be finished on September 2nd. Daily work will occur between 6:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Traffic will be controlled with lights. Crews of MaineDOT's Bureau of Maintenance & Operations will be performing this work.

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7/29/2022: Route 108 Paving Work in Peru

MaineDOT

News Release for July 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PERU - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on part of Route 108 in Peru. The project area begins at River Road and extends northwest for 5.5 miles. Work is scheduled to begin on August 8th and end by November 9th. Drivers may encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Westbrook. This work is bundled with other highway work in Oxford County into a single contract in the amount of $10,492,099.

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7/28/2022: Interstate Ramp Closure in Waterville Tonight

MaineDOT

News Release for July 28, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing a highway ramp on the southbound side of I-95 in Waterville tonight.

The southbound I-95 Exit 130 on-ramp in Waterville will be closed between 9:00 p.m. tonight and 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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7/27/2022: Traffic Signal Work in Cumberland Mills Rotary in Westbrook

MaineDOT

News Release for July 27, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WESTBROOK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be working on the traffic signals in the Cumberland Mills Rotary in Westbrook. This project will increase safety and increase capacity in the area where Cumberland Street, Main Street, Harnois Avenue, Warren Avenue, and Forest Street all intersect.

Testing the new signals will require them to begin flashing on Thursday, July 28th. They are scheduled to be activated on Tuesday, August 2nd. We expect traffic congestion in this area for several days while drivers acclimate themselves to the new signalized traffic pattern and pedestrian crossing accommodations.

This is part of a project that started in May 2021 but had to be put on hold while paving and sewer work was completed. The anticipated project completion date is August 30th.

The contractor on this project is Dagle Electric Construction Corporation of Wilmington, Massachusetts. The contract amount is $2,174,747.

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7/26/2022: Frank J. Wood Bridge Replacement Project Moving Forward

MaineDOT

News Release for July 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - A new Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) draft finding confirms again that the cost of rehabilitating the Frank J. Wood Bridge is much greater than the cost of replacing it. This draft finding is a response to a federal court's March 2nd instructions for additional explanation of cost analysis.

The Maine Department of Transportation will post this finding on its website tomorrow afternoon at www.maine.gov/mdot/env/frankjwood/. In accordance with federal process instructions, comments on the finding will be accepted for 30 days until August 26th. Comments can be made online at this website. FHWA will then review all substantive comments thereafter. Unless unanticipated new issues arise, MaineDOT plans to advertise for construction bids for the replacement project this summer or early fall, and construction of the new bridge would begin later this year.

As planned, the Towns of Brunswick and Topsham will be connected by a reliable new bridge with enhancements that will better serve all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. The new bridge is designed to last for at least 100 years. It will be built on a curved upstream alignment and will feature sidewalks on both sides including pedestrian viewing bump-outs, wider shoulders on both sides, parks on both ends, other special bridge details requested by the communities, and unobstructed views of the natural and architectural features of the surrounding Pejepscot Falls site.

"For MaineDOT, this project has always been about ensuring a safe and reliable connection between these two communities," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "The Federal Highway Administration has again confirmed what we have long known to be true: that the safety, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of our new bridge plan is the best solution. State and federal agencies with the responsibility for this bridge crossing, as well as local officials, have determined that our new bridge plan is solid. Now is the time to move forward and serve the broader public interest to better connect these two villages."

The current Frank J. Wood Bridge was originally constructed in 1931. MaineDOT began the process to improve this crossing in 2014. The bridge is fracture critical and rated in poor condition. Recent inspections of the bridge have showed severe section loss and aggressive deterioration. In November 2021, MaineDOT had to prohibit all commercial vehicles from using the current bridge.

"Deterioration of a steel truss bridge like this one does not always happen in a linear, predictable fashion," said MaineDOT Chief Engineer Joyce Taylor. "We are inspecting this bridge every six months. As its condition worsens, we will continue to take steps to make sure it remains safe to cross. We understand the negative impacts that postings have on the nearby communities. Unfortunately, we cannot rule out that additional use restrictions may be necessary between now and when the new bridge is opened to traffic."

The next inspection of the existing bridge is scheduled for late September.

In 2017, the estimated construction cost to replace the Frank J. Wood Bridge was $13 million. Due to the unprecedented and unexpected delay in delivering the project and the dramatic increase in construction costs since then, the 2022 edition of MaineDOT's three-year Work Plan lists the total cost (including construction and engineering) at $33.5 million. In simple terms, the years of delay have at least doubled the cost of the project reducing bridge improvements that could be made across the state.

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7/21/2022: Route 26 Work in Woodstock

MaineDOT

News Release for July 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WOODSTOCK - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making drainage improvements on Route 26 in Woodstock. The project area begins at the West Paris town line and extends northwest for approximately 4.5 miles. Work is scheduled to begin on July 25th and end by October 21st. Drivers may encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Westbrook. This work is bundled with other highway work in Oxford County into a single contract in the amount of $10,492,099.

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7/19/2022: Stillwater Avenue Bridge Weight Restrictions, Plans for Replacement

MaineDOT

News Release for July 19, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


OLD TOWN - The Maine Department of Transportation is posting new weight limits for the Stillwater Avenue Bridge #2 in Old Town. This bridge is the northerly span of the two bridges, named the Llewellyn Estes Bridge, that carry Stillwater Avenue over the Stillwater River. Beginning on July 25th, vehicles that weight 30 tons or more will be prohibited from using this bridge. The length of the bypass detour is two miles. The length of the abutment-to-abutment detour is approximately eight miles. This posting does not affect a wide range of larger vehicles like fire engines, school buses, oil delivery trucks, and most local delivery vehicles. It does affect loaded logging trucks, concrete trucks, and other vehicles exceeding 60,000 pounds. MaineDOT is communicating with affected trucking interests to minimize impacts.

The Stillwater Avenue Bridge #2 was originally constructed in 1952. A May 17th inspection found water leaking through the bridge deck and widespread concrete section loss. The bridge deck rating has dropped from poor to serious condition. The bridge superstructure and substructure are also in fair condition.

MaineDOT is revising its approach to replace the Stillwater Avenue Bridges and make nearby roadway and intersection improvements. Earlier this year, the department put the project out to bid. The bridge work was bundled with plans to improve the Bennoch Road and College Avenue intersections. The low bid on this project was nearly double what the department had budgeted. Given the design and contract requirements, the bid results were certainly influenced by significant construction cost inflation and risks associated with supply chain issues and a difficult labor market.

"During the planning phase of this project, we could not have predicted many of the current cost drivers, such as the high cost of steel components as well as material and labor availability risks over a more-than-four-year-long construction period," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "As such, we decided to reject all bids on the project. We don't like to do this, but proceeding with the original plan no longer represented the best value for the people of Maine."

For this reason, MaineDOT is pursuing separate contracts for the nearby intersection and highway work and the bridge replacements. MaineDOT intends to advertise for construction bids, consistent with the original design, for the Bennoch Road and College Avenue intersections and nearby highway work this September.

Regarding the bridge work, MaineDOT is reexamining the bridge design, construction assumptions, and potential special funding sources. Although the cost of bridges presents a formidable challenge, it also presents an opportunity to showcase the innovation and advances being made in composite bridge construction, especially those being led by the University of Maine. To explore this opportunity, MaineDOT intends to utilize an innovative project delivery method, namely a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) process.

CM/GC involves a contractor during the design phase to provide constructability input, scheduling, and estimating services. The goals of this partnership between owner, design engineer, and contractor are to innovate, minimize risk, and control costs. This process could also lead to construction activities beginning sooner than traditional contracting methods.

Setting up the bridge CM/GC process will proceed immediately and is anticipated to move to a construction phase in 2024. MaineDOT bridge engineers will continue to monitor the condition of the existing structure. The department will continue to communicate project updates and traffic impacts to nearby residents and businesses.

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7/15/2022: Road Closure on Route 2 in Orono Next Month

MaineDOT

News Release for July 15, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


ORONO - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing a failing box culvert on Route 2 in Orono. The project area is approximately one mile south of the intersection of Route 2 and Kelley Road. This work requires a 28-day-long road closure, which is scheduled to begin on August 1st. During the periods when the road remains open, drivers should expect a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern. Work on this project began on June 27th and is scheduled to be finished by September 3rd. The contractor is Sargent Corporation of Stillwater. The contract amount is $989,554.

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7/15/2022: I-95 Ramp Closures in Waterville and Fairfield

MaineDOT

News Release for July 15, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE AND FAIRFIELD - Early next week, the Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing some highway ramps on the northbound side of I-95 in Waterville and Fairfield.

The northbound I-95 Exit 130 on-ramp in Waterville will be closed between 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17th and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18th. The northbound I-95 Exit 132 off-ramp in Fairfield will be closed from 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18th until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19th. Both these closures are being done to accommodate culvert work.

This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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7/8/2022: Route 24 Paving Work in Brunswick

MaineDOT

News Release for July 8, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 24 in Brunswick. Work is scheduled to begin on July 13th and be finished by September 9th. The project area begins south of Mountain road in Harpswell and extends north for almost eight miles, ending near Forrestal Drive in Brunswick. Drivers may encounter lane closures and alternating, single-lane traffic patterns. The contractor on this project is Crooker Construction of Topsham. The contract amount is $1,494,324.

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7/8/2022: Route 201 Paving Work in Topsham

MaineDOT

News Release for July 8, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


TOPSHAM - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 201 in Topsham. Work is scheduled to begin on July 13th and be finished by September 9th. The project area begins north of Old Augusta Road and extends north for nearly four miles, ending at the Bowdoin town line. Drivers may encounter lane closures and alternating, single-lane traffic patterns. The contractor on this project is Crooker Construction of Topsham. The contract amount is $705,532.

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7/8/2022: Pipe Replacement in Bremen

MaineDOT

News Release for July 8, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BREMEN - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a pipe on Turner Road in Bremen on Monday, July 11th. The pipe is located where Pemaquid Pond and McCurdy Pond come together. The pipe is showing signs of failing. The work is expected to take one day. Vehicles on Turner Road will be detoured. The length of the detour is approximately three miles. This work is being done by crews from MaineDOT's Bureau of Maintenance and Operations.

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7/6/2022: Bridge Replacements over I-295 in Freeport

MaineDOT

News Release for July 6, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FREEPORT - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the bridges that cross I-295 at Exits 20 and 22 in Freeport. The bridge at Exit 20 carries Desert Road over the interstate; the bridge at Exit 22 carries Mallett Drive (Routes 125 and 136) over the interstate. These bridges were originally constructed in 1957 when I-295 was first built.

Each new bridge will feature a 12-foot-wide multiuse path that will tie into paths the town is planning to construct in the future. Traffic signals will be installed at the ends of the northbound and southbound interstate exit ramps.

This project will impact traffic. The department is allowing full closures of I-295 between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. for no more than 25 minutes at a time. Single lane closures on the interstate are permitted at night. Exit ramp closures are allowed between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Desert Road and Mallett Drive will have two lanes of traffic most of the time, but drivers may occasionally encounter alternating single-lane traffic patterns.

The work at these two interstate exits is bundled together in a single contract. That contract amount is $25,720,500. This project is the recipient of discretionary federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Competitive Highway Bridge Program. The contractor on this project is McNamee Construction Corporation of Lincolndale, New York.

Work on these projects started earlier this year and is expected to be finished by the end of 2025.

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7/1/2022: Route 1 to reopen in Cyr Plantation

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


CYR PLANTATION - The Maine Department of Transportation has completed preliminary work on Route 1 in Cyr Plantation that was washed out in late May. The road will reopen to traffic the evening of July 1, 2022. Work will remain ongoing to complete shoulders and paving, during which time traffic will be reduced to one lane of travel. Detours will no longer have to be used once the road is open, though the traveling public should expect some minor delays while construction is completed, and should travel with caution through the construction area. Our current estimate is that work will be completed as of July 11, 2022.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM 6/3/22: CYR PLANTATION - The Maine Department of Transportation opened bids today, June 3, 2022, to replace the culvert and repair the section of Route 1 in Cyr Plantation that was washed out due to the heavy rains received in the area last Saturday. The washout - located between Abel Cyr Road and Vaillancourt Hill Rd - has resulted in a road closure and a detour. For traffic heading north from Caribou to Madawaska, the travelling public will take a detour utilizing route 161 and 162. For traffic heading to the Van Buren area, take Route 89 and then 1A. Because of the extent of the damage incurred to the existing pipe, our contractor will be installing a new concrete box, back filling with gravel and placing a new asphalt wearing surface. It is expected that the contractor will begin repairs immediately and that traffic will be able to resume use of the roadway during the week of June 20, 2022. MaineDOT understands the importance of Route 1 to the region and is working diligently to ensure that the road is closed for the least possible amount of time. We apologize for the disruption this is causing our customers. The project has been awarded to Soderberg Company from Caribou.

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7/1/2022: Ferry Service to Resume Regular Schedule

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


ISLESBORO & VINALHAVEN | The Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) will continue its regular service schedule on Tuesday, 7-5-2022 and Wednesday, 7-6-2022. This service had previously been reduced to a hybrid schedule.

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7/1/2022: Traffic Sensor Work on Route 1 in Presque Isle

MaineDOT

News Release for July 1, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PRESQUE ISLE - The Maine Department of Transportation will be installing vehicle count sensors on Route 1, just south of Extreme Granite in Presque Isle. Work is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 12th. The northbound lane will be closed to traffic at 8:00 a.m. and remain closed until work is completed, which will be roughly 8 hours. On July 13th the process will be repeated on the southbound lane. In the event of rain, we will push the schedule to Thursday, July 14th. These sensors allow MaineDOT to accurately classify and count the number of vehicles using this road throughout the year.

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6/30/2022: Update: Temporary Change in Ferry Service

MaineDOT

News Release for June 30, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


Islesboro & Vinalhaven Service Tuesday and Wednesday 07/05 & 7/06

Due to crew shortages, the M/V Capt. E. Frank Thompson will be operating a Hybrid schedule on Vinalhaven on 07/05 and 07/06 to provide service to Islesboro. The Thompson will depart Vinalhaven at 7 a.m. to Rockland, and load at Rockland at 8:45 a.m. for Islesboro. (Islesboro traffic will need to purchase tickets on Islesboro or Lincolnville Beach. Rockland will not be selling tickets for Islesboro). This schedule change does not affect the Philbrook out of Rockland to Vinalhaven; they will be running a full schedule.

The Thompson's hybrid schedule for Vinalhaven/Islesboro on 7/05 and 7/06: Depart Vinalhaven at 7:00 a.m. Depart Rockland at 8:45 a.m. to Islesboro. (We will carry passengers and vehicles that choose to load in Rockland for the first trip to Islesboro) Depart Islesboro at 10:30 a.m. Depart Lincolnville 11:00 a.m. Depart Islesboro 11:30 a.m. Depart Lincolnville 12:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Depart Islesboro 1:30 p.m. Depart Lincolnville 2:00 p.m. Depart Islesboro at 2:30 p.m. (to Rockland) will carry passengers and vehicles, and theyll disembark in Rockland instead of Lincolnville. Depart 4:30 p.m. Rockland to Vinalhaven

No commercial traffic will be allowed to transit on these two days in Islesboro. Commercial traffic will resume on Weds 07/06 at 5:00 p.m. from Lincolnville, 5:30 pm from Islesboro, and 6:00 p.m. from Lincolnville, when the Islesboro ferry can operate and is crewed per the USCG Certificate of Inspection. (Exceptions to commercial traffic will be given for the food markets and the US Postal Service/Penobscot Island Air)

There MSFS will not be available to provide emergency service trips on the nights of 7/4 and 7/5.

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6/28/2022: Temporary Change in Ferry Service

MaineDOT

News Release for June 28, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


Islesboro | The M/V Captain Richard G. Spear will be replacing the M/V Margaret Chase Smith on Islesboro this Wednesday at 1120 am. Captain Richard G. Spear will serve Islesboro until the Smith completes its United States Coast Guard (USCG) hull inspection and shipyard period. The Spear is a 23-vehicle ferry and will not have the same capacity as the Margaret Chase Smith at 30 vehicles. This change of service is expected through the first three weeks of July.

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6/24/2022: Paving Work on Routes 4 and 236 in York County

MaineDOT

News Release for June 24, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


YORK COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is doing paving work and making drainage and safety improvements along Routes 4 and 236 in Kittery, Eliot, North Berwick, South Berwick, and Sanford. The project area begins at Beech Road in Eliot and ends at Route 109 in Sanford. Work started on June 13th and is scheduled to be finished by September 23rd. Drivers may encounter lane shifts and narrower lanes during construction. The contractor on this project is All states Construction of Richmond. The contract amount is $6,384,354.

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6/23/2022: I-95 Ramp Closures in Fairfield

MaineDOT

News Release for June 23, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FAIRFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be temporarily closing the northbound I-95 on- and off-ramps at Exit 133 in Fairfield to accommodate overnight earthwork. The ramps are scheduled to be closed from 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 26th and reopen by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27th.

This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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6/23/2022: Maine State Ferry Service Launches Online Ticketing System

MaineDOT

News Release for June 23, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


ROCKLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation is announcing today that Maine State Ferry Service customers are now able to buy ferry tickets online. This new online ticketing system went live earlier this week and can be accessed by visiting maine.gov/ferrytix. Customers who choose to purchase ferry tickets online can either print their tickets to present in person or display their tickets on their devices during the boarding process. Customers will still have the option to buy tickets at ferry terminals. Ticket prices are not changing.

"We are pleased that the successful launch of this new ticketing system will help improve travel for Maine State Ferry Service customers," said Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation. "Thousands of Mainers rely on the vital connections provided by the Maine State Ferry Service. Many more people from both within and beyond our state's borders use this service to enjoy Maine's beautiful island communities. This modernization will improve transportation for our residents and visitors."

A part of the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine State Ferry Service operates six ferries that provide passenger and vehicle ferry service to the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Matinicus, Swans Island, Frenchboro, and Islesboro. In 2021, the Maine State Ferry Service served 447,237 passengers. Ferry ridership has recovered well in the past several years: today's ridership is approximately the same as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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6/21/2022: Hampden Bridge Bundle: Third New Southbound Bridge Opening

MaineDOT

News Release for June 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will be opening the new West Souadabscook Stream Bridge to traffic on the southbound side of I-95 on the night of Sunday, June 26th. There will be lane closures on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights.

Interstate speed limits will be reduced to 55 MPH through the work zone. Drivers should drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits. The safety of work crews is MaineDOT's top priority.

This is the third of four new southbound bridges on I-95 in Hampden that will be opened this year. The East and Center Souadabscook Stream Bridges opened earlier this year. The last of the four new southbound bridges, the Emerson Mill Road bridge, is scheduled to be opened in early September.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The four bridge replacements on the northbound side I-95 were substantially completed last year. Northbound traffic has been using the four new interstate bridges since then.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th.

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6/21/2022: Veranda Plan: Overnight Paving on I-295 Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for June 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - Next week, the Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on the new Veranda Street Bridge, which carries I-295 over Route 1 (Veranda Street) in Portland.

The traffic impacts of this work will be limited to overnight hours. A short segment of the southbound side of the interstate will be closed from 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26th until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 27th. Night closures will continue all week until Friday morning: those closures will occur between 9:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. Southbound traffic will use the Exit 8 ramps to detour around the work area. There will also be overnight lane closures on both sides of the interstate to accommodate shoulder paving.

Construction on the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project began in March 2021 and involved the full closure of I-295 for one weekend in late April to accommodate the rapid replacement of the interstate bridge. This project also involves a reconfiguration of the roadways underneath the bridge. Work will continue until November 2022.

The contractor on this project is Cianbro of Pittsfield. The construction contract is approximately $18.1 million.

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6/17/2022: UPDATE: Work Continues to Repair Route 1 in Cyr Plantation

MaineDOT

News Release for June 17, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


CYR PLANTATION - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing to work with its contracting partners to repair and reopen the part of Route 1 in Cyr Plantation that washed out late last month. The new box culvert is in the ground, but weather conditions are slowing our progress. Frequent rainfall and wet conditions create challenges for the earthwork. We are working hard to try to reopen this road to traffic by Friday, July 1st - ahead of the Independence Day weekend. We want to thank the members of the traveling public for their continued patience and understanding.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE FROM 6/3/22:

CYR PLANTATION - The Maine Department of Transportation opened bids today, June 3, 2022, to replace the culvert and repair the section of Route 1 in Cyr Plantation that was washed out due to the heavy rains received in the area last Saturday. The washout - located between Abel Cyr Road and Vaillancourt Hill Rd - has resulted in a road closure and a detour. For traffic heading north from Caribou to Madawaska, the travelling public will take a detour utilizing route 161 and 162. For traffic heading to the Van Buren area, take Route 89 and then 1A.

Because of the extent of the damage incurred to the existing pipe, our contractor will be installing a new concrete box, back filling with gravel and placing a new asphalt wearing surface. It is expected that the contractor will begin repairs immediately and that traffic will be able to resume use of the roadway during the week of June 20, 2022.

MaineDOT understands the importance of Route 1 to the region and is working diligently to ensure that the road is closed for the least possible amount of time. We apologize for the disruption this is causing our customers.

The project has been awarded to Soderberg Company from Caribou.

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6/16/2022: Road and Intersection Improvements Near Downtown Camden

MaineDOT

News Release for June 16, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


KNOX COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is beginning two projects to make improvements in Camden next week. One project will involve drainage, sidewalk, and signal work on the part of Route 1 (Elm Street) that runs between Quarry Hill Road in Camden and Commercial Street in Rockport. The other project will involve drainage and sidewalk work on the part of Route 105 (Washington Street) that runs between Matthew John Avenue and Shirttail Point Road in Camden.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 20th and be finished by November 11th. Crews will maintain two-way traffic during daytime hours. Drivers may have to stop briefly during night work.

The contractor on this project is Nitram Excavation & General Contractor, Inc. of Benton. The contract amount for both projects is $1,695,070.

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6/15/2022: Road Work Will Close Part of Route 1 in Brunswick Next Week

MaineDOT

News Release for June 15, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing a culvert on Route 1 (Old Portland Road) in Brunswick next week. The new culvert will be bigger than the existing one to increase the resiliency of this infrastructure.

This work requires the full closure of part Route 1 from 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21st until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22nd. The closure area is approximately three miles north of where Route 1 meets I-295 at Exit 24 in Freeport and just south of the junction of Route 1 and Highland Road.

Northbound traffic should use I-295 between Exit 24 in Freeport and Exit 28 in Brunswick. Southbound traffic will use I-295 between Exit 28 in Brunswick and Exit 22 in Freeport. MaineDOT is setting up message boards to notify drivers of the closure and detours.

The contractor on this project is Gordon Contracting of Sangerville. The contract amount is 300,000.

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6/10/2022: I-95 Ramp Closures in Fairfield

MaineDOT

News Release for June 10, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FAIRFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation is temporarily closing two I-95 northbound on-ramps in Fairfield in the coming days to accommodate overnight maintenance work.

On Sunday night, crews will close the I-95 northbound on-ramp at Exit 133. The ramp will be closed from 9:00 p.m. on June 12th and is scheduled to reopen by 6:00 a.m. on June 13th.

On Monday night, MaineDOT will close the I-95 northbound on-ramp at Exit 132. The ramp will close at 9:00 p.m. on June 13th and is scheduled to reopen by 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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6/9/2022: MaineDOT Identifies Preferred Alternative in Machias

MaineDOT

News Release for June 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) has identified a bridge span as the preferred alternative to replace the existing four box culverts on the Machias Dike Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Middle River in the Town of Machias. The current structure dates to the Civil War era and is deteriorating.

Based on information collected to date, a bridge will best meet the project's purpose and need to improve the structure's condition, maintain the Sunrise Trail, and provide for future rail use. A bridge will return tidal exchange upstream of the causeway, improving fish passage, and account for anticipated sea level rise. MaineDOT will keep working with the town and public to ensure the bridge and causeway area continue to support existing uses such as vending, parking, walking, cycling, and ATV use. The department will also evaluate ways to improve safety and enhance Machias's prominence as a destination in Downeast Maine.

For the past several years, MaineDOT has been meeting with stakeholders and studying alternatives to replace the Machias Dike Bridge. The department's selection of a preferred alternative comes after years of correspondence with federal environmental regulators at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) regarding protecting the endangered Atlantic salmon population in the Gulf of Maine.

In a September 30th, 2020 letter to MaineDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), NOAA indicated "substantial concerns" with a proposed in-kind replacement of the current structure and wrote that option "would provide even less opportunity for fish passage than exists now and will not remedy ongoing impacts." In an April 15th, 2022 letter to MaineDOT and FHWA, NOAA indicated its preference against replacing the current structure with culverts or tide gates, writing, "we anticipate that long-term monitoring to evaluate the efficiency of fish passage through the structure would be needed to document the amount or extent of take of Atlantic salmon resulting from passage delays and/or disruptions." MaineDOT is now indicating a preference for a bridge span based in part on this guidance from NOAA and the implications that a lack of federal support could have on state taxpayers and sources of funding for this project.

MaineDOT's public process will continue in the coming months. Department staff will be holding a public meeting at the Machias Memorial High School at 1 Bulldog Lane from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on June 28th to discuss the process that led to this decision and our next steps. MaineDOT will carry a bridge as the preferred alternative forward into an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires FHWA and MaineDOT to consider public comment and all potential environmental impacts of the preferred alternative to make an informed decision. The preferred solution must also comply with all federal regulations and policies. In addition to the meeting on June 28th, the public will have an opportunity to comment on a draft EA later this year. MaineDOT will continue working with the Town of Machias on desired causeway and bridge features during the EA process and project design.

The department previously held public meetings on this study in March and September 2021. The department has also participated in regular coordination meetings with town staff and other regional stakeholders. Additional project information is available at https://www.maine.gov/mdot/projects/machiasbridge/.

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6/9/2022: Parkway Road Work in Bethel

MaineDOT

News Release for June 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BETHEL - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Parkway Road in Bethel. The project area begins at Route 2 and extends east for nearly half a mile to Route 26. Work is scheduled to begin on June 13th and end by July 21st. Drivers may encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern throughout the work area. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Westbrook. This work is bundled with other highway work in Oxford County into a single contract in the amount of $10,492,099.

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6/9/2022: Route 26 Work in Bethel

MaineDOT

News Release for June 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BETHEL - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making drainage improvements on part of Route 26 in Bethel. The project area begins just south of Taylor Smith Road and extends west for nearly three miles, ending after Intervale Road. Work is scheduled to begin on June 13th and end by July 21st. Drivers may encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern throughout the work area. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Westbrook. This work is bundled with other highway work in Oxford County into a single contract in the amount of $10,492,099.

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6/9/2022: Route 26 Work in Greenwood and Woodstock

MaineDOT

News Release for June 9, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


OXFORD COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on Route 26 in Greenwood and Woodstock. The project area begins 0.75 miles north of Mills Road in Woodstock and extends north for approximately 1.64 miles, ending just past East Bethel Road in Greenwood. Work is scheduled to begin on June 13th and end by July 14th. Drivers may encounter a single-lane, alternating traffic pattern throughout the work area. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Westbrook. This work is bundled with other highway work in Oxford County into a single contract in the amount of $10,492,099.

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6/3/2022: Interstate Ramp Closure in Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for June 3, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation is closing the I-95 northbound off-ramp at Exit 127 in Waterville on Sunday, June 5th. This closure is being done to accommodate maintenance work on the ramp. The ramp will close at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 5th and reopen by 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 6th. This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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6/1/2022: Hampden Bridge Bundle Traffic Shifting to New Southbound Interstate Bridges

MaineDOT

News Release for June 1, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will continue shifting I-95 traffic to the new southbound bridges next week. On Tuesday, June 7th, southbound interstate traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed Center Bridge over the Souadabscook Stream. Interstate speed limits will be reduced to 55 MPH throughout the work zone. Drivers should drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones. The safety of work crews is MaineDOT's top priority. Traffic will be shifted to the remaining southbound stream bridge later this month. MaineDOT expects to move traffic onto the West Bridge during the week of June 27th. Southbound interstate traffic will be shifted to the new Emerson Mill Road Bridge in September. The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95. The four bridge replacements on the northbound side I-95 were substantially completed last year. Northbound traffic has been using the four new interstate bridges since then. The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th, 2022.

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5/26/2022: CORRECTION: Ferry Service to Vinalhaven Reduced This Weekend

MaineDOT

News Release for May 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


The first version of this press release did not specify that only runs on the Capt. Richard G. Spear are impacted. All runs on the the Capt. E. Frank Thompson are currently on schedule.

ROCKLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation announced today that some Maine State Ferry Service (MSFS) trips on the Capt. Richard G. Spear between Rockland and Vinalhaven will be cancelled this weekend after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. This employee's absence, coupled with ongoing staffing challenges, means the MSFS does not have enough crew members to staff every regularly-scheduled run this weekend.

The following trips will be cancelled:

  • Friday, May 27th 4:30 p.m. trip from Rockland to Vinalhaven
  • Saturday, May 28th 7:00 a.m. trip from Vinalhaven to Rockland and 4:30 p.m. trip from Rockland to Vinalhaven
  • Sunday, May 29th all trips on the Capt. Richard G. Spear except for the 4:30 p.m. trip from Rockland to Vinalhaven.
We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause our customers.

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5/26/2022: River Road Work in Boothbay Next Month

MaineDOT

News Release for May 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BOOTHBAY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be making improvements on River Road in Boothbay next month. The specific project area is about a half-mile north of the intersection of River Road and Route 27. Crews will be replacing culverts, widening the shoulder, and replacing the guardrail. This work will require the full closure of River Road throughout the duration of the project. Work is scheduled to begin on June 6th and end by June 24th. Drivers should use McKay Road as a detour. The contractor on this project is Littlefields Construction of Buxton. The contract amount is $231,949.

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5/26/2022: Interstate Ramp Closure in Waterville Tonight

MaineDOT

News Release for May 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation is closing the I-95 northbound off-ramp at Exit 127 in Waterville tonight. This closure is being done to accommodate maintenance work on the ramp. The ramp will close at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th and reopen by 6:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27th.

This work is part of a contract awarded to Northeast Paving of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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5/26/2022: Madawaska International Bridge Inspection

MaineDOT

News Release for May 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


MADAWASKA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be conducting its annual inspection of the International Bridge in Madawaska next month. This inspection will involve daily traffic closures to ensure the safety of both the traveling public and the crews inspecting the bridge. Drivers should expect closures between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST from Monday June 6th through Saturday June 11th. The sidewalk will remain open during the inspection.

The structure has known deficiencies, structural concerns, and a rapid rate of deterioration that need to be properly evaluated annually to allow for continued safe use. Bridge inspections are performed during daylight hours to ensure safety, thoroughness, and the quality of the inspection. The engineering firm performing the inspection, HNTB, is familiar with the structure and has performed a detailed analysis related to the loading of the structure. HNTB plans to use an Under Bridge Inspection Truck (UBIT). The UBIT will be placed in a manner to minimize stresses on the bridge.

MaineDOT understands the impacts to the neighboring communities and appreciates the public's patience as we work to keep this bridge safe until we replace it. Construction for the bridge replacement project started last year and is still underway.

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5/24/2022: Final Phase of Greater Bangor Interstate Paving Project

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BANGOR - The Maine Department of Transportation is completing paving work on I-95 between Exits 174 and 187 in Bangor. This project will involve the closure of various interstate ramps. Ramp closures will occur between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The department will use message boards to notify drivers. This work started on May 15th and is scheduled to be finished by July 14th.

This is the final part of a project that began in August 2020. That project involved doing paving, bridge, and safety work along I-95 in between Carmel and Old Town. The contractor on this work is Pike Industries out of Fairfield. The total contract amount is $12,750,343.

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5/24/2022: Prentiss Bridge Work

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PRENTISS - The Maine Department of Transportation is closing the Jones Bridge in Prentis to replace the bridge deck and extend the life of the structure. Jones Bridge carries Route 170 over Mattagodus Stream. It is located near the intersection of Route 170 and Tar Ridge Road. This full closure is expected to run from May 31st through July 1st. Detour routes will be marked.

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5/24/2022: First New Southbound Bridge Opens in Hampden

MaineDOT

News Release for May 24, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - The Maine Department of Transportation opened the new East Souadabscook Stream Bridge to traffic on the southbound side of I-95 this morning. This is the first of four new southbound bridges on I-95 in Hampden that will be opened this year. The Center and West Souadabscook Stream Bridges are expected to open next month. The last of the four new southbound bridges, the Emerson Mill Road bridge, is scheduled to be opened in late August or early September.

Additionally, the contractor is planning overnight closures of Emerson Mill Road at I-95 next week. These closures will happen between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. They will occur from Tuesday, May 31st through Saturday, June 4th. The last closure will be on Friday night into Saturday morning.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The four bridge replacements on the northbound side I-95 were substantially completed last year. Northbound traffic has been using the four new interstate bridges since then.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th.

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5/20/2022: Road Work Resumes on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville

MaineDOT

News Release for May 20, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WATERVILLE - The Maine Department of Transportation has resumed paving work and making other repairs on part of Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville. The project area runs approximately 1.7 miles between West River Road (at Messalonskee Stream) and First Park. This project involves paving work, road construction, drainage improvements, and some sidewalk rehabilitation. Work began last June. The project is scheduled to be finished by June 30th.

Most major work is being done at night, between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. This project will involve lane and ramp closures, but the contractor will maintain two-way traffic at all times.

The contractor on this project is Pike Industries of Fairfield. The contract amount is $2,959,118.

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5/20/2022: Route 202 Work Resumes in Gorham and Windham

MaineDOT

News Release for May 20, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is resuming the work on Route 202 in Gorham and Windham that began last July. The project area begins at the intersection of Routes 202 and 25 in Gorham and extends north on Route 202 for almost four miles, ending at Mechanic Street in Windham. Most of the work this year will occur near the Windham end of the project. Crews will be paving as well as making improvements to sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. Travel lanes will be narrowed, and drivers may encounter an alternating single-lane traffic pattern at times. The contractor on this project is Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc. of Gorham. The contract amount is $1,732,736. The scheduled completion date for this project is June 10th.

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5/20/2022: Hampden Bridge Bundle Traffic Shifting to New Southbound Interstate Bridges

MaineDOT

News Release for May 20, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - As part of the ongoing work on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project, the Maine Department of Transportation will begin shifting I-95 traffic to the new southbound bridges next week.

On Tuesday, May 24th, southbound interstate traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed East Bridge over the Souadabscook Stream. Interstate speed limits will be reduced to 55 MPH throughout the work zone. Drivers should drive carefully, observe signage, and obey speed limits while passing through work zones. The safety of work crews is MaineDOT's top priority.

Traffic will be shifted to the remaining southbound stream bridges next month. MaineDOT expects to move traffic onto the Center Bridge during the week of June 6th and onto the West Bridge during the week of June 27th. Southbound interstate traffic will be shifted to the new Emerson Mill Road Bridge in September.

The Hampden Bridge Bundle Project involves rebuilding eight bridges and rehabilitating a ninth bridge along a four-mile stretch of I-95 in Hampden. The eight bridge replacements are happening on both the northbound and southbound sides of the interstate at four sites between Exits 174 and 180. Three of these bridge pairs cross the Souadabscook Stream and one pair crosses Emerson Mill Road and the Central Maine & Quebec Railway. The one bridge rehabilitation involved with this project is happening at the Exit 180 off-ramp on Cold Brook Road over I-95.

The four bridge replacements on the northbound side I-95 were substantially completed last year. Northbound traffic has been using the four new interstate bridges since then.

The contractor on the Hampden Bridge Bundle Project is Cianbro Corporation. The contract amount is $44.8 million. The estimated completion date of the project is November 30th.

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5/20/2022: Upcoming Rail Work on Route 1 in Wiscasset

MaineDOT

News Release for May 20, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WISCASSET - The Maine Department of Transportation will be repairing a railroad crossing on Route 1 in Wiscasset on Tuesday night. This work will require a detour from 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24th until 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25th. Route 1 traffic will be detoured using Federal Street (Route 218) and Sheepscot Road. MaineDOT crews will be performing this work the assistance of Canadian Pacific Railway and staff from Maine Track Maintenance of Fairfield. The cost of this railroad crossing repair is approximately $15,000.

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5/19/2022: Mills Administration Announces $5-million Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan To Connect Workers and Employers Through Shared Transportation

MaineDOT

News Release for May 19, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation today announced the launch of a Workforce Transportation Pilot program, an initiative of Governor Janet Mills' Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, to pursue and develop transportation solutions that connect workers with employers across Maine.

Due to the economic consequences of the pandemic, many Maine workers and businesses are having to look farther afield to meet their needs - employers to find qualified employees and people to find job opportunities that match their skills.

The $5-million Workforce Transportation Program will provide competitive grants of up to $750,000 to local and regional partnerships to pilot ways to connect workers and employers through ridesharing, vanpools, and other subsidized transit options.

"Many Maine employers are looking for workers while many Maine people are struggling to connect to available employment opportunities," said Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation. "These funds will allow MaineDOT to work with our partners across the state to identify challenges and develop solutions to address workforce transportation challenges all over Maine."

"Increasing access to reliable transportation is a key element of boosting workforce participation in Maine," said Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. "This new pilot program will ensure that more Mainers are able to get to work."

"A key barrier for many Mainers looking for work is reliable transportation - especially in rural communities where workers may need to travel farther distances to available jobs matching their goals and skill sets," said Laura Fortman, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor. "This is an exciting opportunity for employers to work creatively and collaboratively to attract and retain workers both inside and outside their immediate areas."

The Workforce Transportation Pilot is administered by MaineDOT's Bureau of Planning. The bureau will review and select projects based on merit and funding availability. Funds may be used for capital and operating costs, including program start-up costs.

Applications may be submitted by employers or groups of employers, municipalities, non-profit organizations, human service organizations, and public/private transportation providers.

"Effective and efficient transportation systems are crucial to strengthening Maine's economy and supporting working people," said Matt Schlobohm, Executive Director of the Maine AFL-CIO. "As Maine workers struggle to find affordable housing, they are being forced to live farther and farther away from major population centers where most of the jobs are. As a result, many are making extremely long commutes that put wear and tear on their vehicles and require them to spend more of their household budgets on gas. Transportation solutions from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan will put more money in workers' pockets and strengthen Maine's economy."

Per federal guidelines, this program is designed to support a broad array of industries and economic sectors in Maine that have experienced negative economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Access to reliable transportation can often be a challenge for workers looking for job opportunities in Maine's tourism and hospitality industry," said Laura Dolce, Executive Director of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce. "As hotels, restaurants, and retail shops continue to navigate workforce shortages, we need new transportation solutions to ensure that people can get to work. We welcome the creation of this important new initiative."

There is no application deadline for the pilot program; the bureau will accept, evaluate, and make decisions on grant applications on an ongoing, rolling basis until all funds have been disbursed.

For more program details and application information, please visit MaineDOT's Workforce Transportation Pilot Program website.

The Workforce Transportation Pilot aligns with strategies from Maine Won't Wait, the state's four-year plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate chance, promote shared transportation options, and reduce driving miles in Maine.

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is the Governor's plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine people and families, help businesses, create good-paying jobs, and build an economy poised for future prosperity.

It draws heavily on recommendations from the Governor's Economic Recovery Committee and the state's 10-Year Economic Development Strategy, transforming them into real action to improve the lives of Maine people and strengthen the economy.

For more about Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, visit maine.gov/jobsplan.

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5/17/2022: Roadway and Intersection Improvements on Route 4 in Auburn

MaineDOT

News Release for May 17, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUBURN - The Maine Department of Transportation is making roadway and intersection improvements along part of Route 4 in Auburn. The work area begins just south of Oak Hill Road and continues northerly for approximately half a mile, including intersections with Oak Hill Road, Lillian Street, Turner Street, Martin Street, Fair Street, and the public boat launch. Work started on May 16th and is scheduled to continue through June 2023. This will be day work. Work may also be done on Saturdays. During construction, drivers may encounter lane restrictions. The contractor on this project is Pratt & Sons, Inc. of Minot. The contract amount is $3,427,844.

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5/17/2022: Cooks Corner Exit Ramp Closures on Route 1 in Brunswick

MaineDOT

News Release for May 17, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - The Maine Department of Transportation will be replacing the railroad crossing at Cooks Corner in Brunswick this weekend. This work will require the closure of the Route 1 exit ramps at Cooks Corner. The ramps will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20th until Sunday, May 22nd.

Maine Track Maintenance of Fairfield and McGee Construction of West Gardiner will be assisting MaineDOT with this work. The cost to the department is $151,000.

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5/13/2022: Paving Work in Lewiston and Auburn

MaineDOT

News Release for May 13, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


ANDROSCOGGIN COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making draining improvements on Russell Street and the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Lewiston and Auburn. The project area begins on Mount Auburn Avenue at Turner Street, extends for nearly 2.5 miles across Veterans Memorial Bridge, continues down Russell Street, and ends at Sabattus Street. Work is scheduled to begin on May 15th and be finished by June 24th. Drivers should expect alternating, single-lane traffic patterns and ramp closures. The contractor on this project is All States Asphalt of Richmond. The contract amount is $2,274,744.

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5/12/2022: Night Work Next Week on Route 1 in Yarmouth

MaineDOT

News Release for May 12, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


YARMOUTH - There will be night construction work next week as part of the ongoing project to replace the two bridges that carry I-295 over Route 1 near Exit 17 in Yarmouth. Crews will work between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. from Sunday, May 15th through Friday, May 20th. Route 1 traffic will be reduced to a single lane of alternating traffic. Nearby residents should expect loud noise and vibrations.

Construction on this project began in December. This is a multi-year project that is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2025. The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport. The contract amount is $27,566,210. This project is the recipient of federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Competitive Highway Bridge Program.

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5/12/2022: I-95 Northbound Ramp Closures at Exit 133 in Fairfield

MaineDOT

News Release for May 12, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FAIRFIELD - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing the Exit 133 on- and off-ramps on the northbound side of I-95 in Fairfield Sunday night into Monday morning to accommodate guardrail replacement work. The ramp closures will occur between 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15th and 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16th. The work is not expected to take the entire nine hours.

This work is part of a larger project that involves paving and other safety improvements along approximately 18 miles of I-95 between Waterville and Pittsfield. The project started at the beginning of May and is scheduled to be finished in November. The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving out of Hermon. The total contract amount is $11,819,411.

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5/6/2022: Route 27 Paving in Franklin County

MaineDOT

News Release for May 6, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


FRANKLIN COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work on approximately 12 miles of Route 27 in Franklin County. The project area begins at the Carrabassett Valley town line in Wyman Township and extends north through Coplin Plantation and Eustis. It ends at the Jim Pond Township town line. Work is scheduled to begin on May 9th and end on July 22nd. Drivers may encounter a one-way, alternating traffic pattern. The contractor on this project is Pike Industries, Inc. of Fairfield. The contract amount is $3,420,848.

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5/6/2022: Route 219 Paving Work in Leeds and Wayne

MaineDOT

News Release for May 6, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


ANDROSCOGGIN AND KENNEBEC COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making other improvements along Route 219 in Leeds and Wayne. The work area begins just east of North Road in Leeds and extends nearly four miles east to Route 133 in Wayne. This will be daytime work and will involve some alternating, one-lane traffic patterns. Construction is scheduled to run from May 10th through June 30th. The contractor for this work is All States Materials Group, headquartered in Sunderland, Massachusetts. The contract for this project also involves paving work on Route 9 in Wales, Monmouth, and Litchfield. The total contract amount is #2,021,188.

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5/6/2022: Route 9 Paving Work in Wales, Monmouth, and Litchfield

MaineDOT

News Release for May 6, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making other improvements along Route 9 in Wales, Monmouth, and Litchfield. The work area begins in Wales, at the Sabattus town line, and extends north for approximately 7.5 miles through Monmouth and into part of Litchfield. This will be daytime work and will involve some alternating, one-lane traffic patterns. Construction is scheduled to run from May 10th through June 30th. The contractor for this work is All States Materials Group, headquartered in Sunderland, Massachusetts. This contract for this project also involves paving work on Route 219 in Leeds and Wayne. The total contract amount is $2,021,188.

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5/4/2022: Maine Port Authority Names Executive Director

MaineDOT

News Release for May 4, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


This news release is being posted by the Maine Department of Transportation on behalf of the Maine Port Authority.

AUGUSTA - The Maine Port Authority is pleased to announce that Matthew Burns has been named its Executive Director. Maine Port Authority Board members voted unanimously last month to hire Burns, who had been serving as interim Executive Director for the past year. He officially began his new role on May 1st.

Burns is a 2004 Maine Maritime Academy graduate who has nearly two decades of marine transportation expertise. He has a strong knowledge of federal and state government funding programs and regulatory requirements for vessels and port facilities. Burns also holds a Second Mate Unlimited U.S. Coast Guard Deck Officer's License.

After spending 13 years as a deck officer on passenger ships, tankers, dredges, and ultra-deep-water drill ships around the world, Burns joined the Maine Department of Transportation in 2017 as Director of Ports and Marine Transportation. In that role, he was responsible for planning, funding, and managing maritime infrastructure projects in Maine's seaports. He also coordinated the department's Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) and Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program. He has twice served as interim Executive Director of the Maine Port Authority.

"This position garnered a lot of interest from around New England and beyond," said Wade Merritt, President of the Maine International Trade Center, who led the MPA's search committee. "Matt's combination of maritime and portside experience, leadership qualities, and understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the state and the Maine Port Authority's role in helping solve them made him the consensus choice over serious competition. I'm looking forward to working with him, not just as a member of the MPA board, but also in our complementary roles developing opportunities for Maines internationally active businesses."

"Matt's maritime background, interpersonal skills and solution-oriented approach, coupled with the strong relationships within the port industry, will serve the MPA and Maine," said Bruce Van Note, MaineDOT Commissioner and Chair of the Maine Port Authority Board. "Our team is proud of the work Matt has done for our state, and we look forward to his future successes as he works to move Maine's ports forward strategically. Matt is a trusted leader and partner, and we know he will do a great job as the MPA's permanent Executive Director."

"I want to thank the members of the Maine Port Authority board for giving me the privilege to serve the people of the State of Maine in this role," said Burns. "I have always felt a very close connection to the sea and always wanted to pursue a career on the ocean. After working on vessels and in ports all around the world, I was fortunate to be able to join MaineDOT in 2017. In my role there and as interim Executive Director of the MPA, I have been able to build valuable relationships with public and private stakeholders across the globe. I look forward to continuing to build on these relationships as we work to strengthen Maine's ports."

Burns lives in Winthrop with his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters, Rosalyn and Evelyn.

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4/28/2022: Overnight Paving Work on I-295 in Portland and South Portland

MaineDOT

News Release for April 28, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


CUMBERLAND COUNTY - The Maine Department of Transportation is continuing a paving project on the southbound side of I-295 in Portland and South Portland. The project area begins at the Portland city line and extends nearly 11 mile south, including on- and off-ramps.

This work will be done at night, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. No work will be allowed on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings. Work will also not be allowed on the weekends of Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

This is the continuation of a project that was started last year but was suspended during the winter months. Work is expected to continue until July 21st. That is the scheduled completion date of the project.

The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving. The contract amount is $9,627,560.

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4/28/2022: I-95 Paving Work Between Waterville and Pittsfield

MaineDOT

News Release for April 28, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


KENNEBEC AND SOMERSET COUNTIES - The Maine Department of Transportation will be doing paving work and making other safety improvements along I-95 between Waterville and Pittsfield. This work will impact approximately 18 miles of the interstate both the northbound and southbound sides between the area near Exit 127 in Waterville and the Johnson Flat Road overpass in Pittsfield.

Work is scheduled to begin on May 2nd. Daytime lane closures are allowed between May 2nd and June 24th. After June 24th, the contractor is allowed nighttime lane closures through Labor Day. After Labor Day, daytime lane closures will be allowed again. All work is scheduled to be finished on November 18th.

The contractor on this project is Northeast Paving. The contract amount is $11,819,411.

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4/28/2022: GO MAINE Expands Push for Green Commuting Alternatives

MaineDOT

News Release for April 28, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297
Emily Becker, GO MAINE Program Manager, 857-383-3803, emily@gomaine.org


AUGUSTA - The GO MAINE statewide ride-sharing program is expanding its push for environmentally friendly, green travel choices in its biggest, most robust initiative to date.

Previously focused on the work commute, the expanded GO MAINE program now has a broader vision, showcasing a variety of smarter, lower impact transportation choices for every trip Mainers make. Trip reduction strategies such as walking, biking, using public transportation, carpooling, and working from home help reduce vehicle-miles traveled, a key goal of the Maine Climate Council's Maine Won't Wait climate action plan.

To date, nearly 10,000 Mainers have signed up for the program and dozens of organizations have incorporated GO MAINE as part of their cultures.

In addition to continuing its signature, green commuting recruitment tools, GO MAINE is introducing several exciting, innovative programs for 2022. Those programs include:

  • GO MAINE's Access-Anywhere Online "Trip Planner"
  • GO MAINE members can access an interactive mobile app with a Trip Planner that can generate a list of green travel options for any route in Maine. A free resource for both daily commuters and anyone traveling in the state, the Trip Planner provides details on carpools, vanpools, local transit, mass transit, Park & Ride options, designated bicycle routes, and more.
  • New Employee Rewards and Incentive Programs to Benefit Employers
  • Dozens of Maine organizations have made GO MAINE an appealing aspect of their cultures, and the green commute program plans to recruit many more. GO MAINE now offers expanded employee outreach and reward programs with more incentives, prizes, monthly drawings, seasonal promotions, and employer outreach opportunities.
  • Doubling Down on the Way2GO MAINE Challenge
  • Way2GO MAINE will be in May and October this year. GO MAINE's highly successful How Green Can You Go competition is now a twice-yearly event. Way2GO MAINE gives green commuters and employers a chance to up their alternative travel games; build their own company teams; and vie for incentives, prizes, and bragging rights. This year's top prizes include Maine State Park vehicle passes, a Lumos bike helmet, a National Parks interagency annual pass, and gift cards! Details on May's Way2GO MAINE happenings are coming soon.

With our current high gas prices, GO MAINE provides members a great opportunity to save money. Those taking advantage of the program can also reap additional financial benefits through GO MAINE's reward system, earning reward points that add up to money-saving offers from local and national businesses, stores, and restaurants.

GO MAINE carpooling commuters also qualify for GO MAINE's Emergency Ride Home Benefit. In the event of a qualified emergency, GO MAINE covers the cost of a ride home from work, a special plus for businesses with participating employees.

"Whoever you are and wherever you're going in Maine, GO MAINE offers travel options that are a win for individuals, for organizations, and for the environment," said Dale Doughty, Director of the Maine Department of Transportation's Bureau of Planning. "We'd like everyone to know that GO MAINE offers the greenest possible trip solution for you, no matter where you're headed, every day and every way."

GO MAINE is a program of the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority. All GO MAINE programs and services are free. More information on the GO MAINE program can be found at GoMaine.org. Organizations interested in organizing their own GO MAINE program are welcome to contact Emily Becker, Program Manager, at emily@gomaine.org.

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4/25/2022: Veranda Plan: Route 1/Veranda Street Is Back Open

MaineDOT

News Release for April 25, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation reopened Route 1/Veranda Street under the Veranda Street Bridge in Portland at 2:00 p.m. today. The road had been closed for a full week to accommodate the rapid replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge on I-295 between Exits 9 and 10. The interstate was closed to traffic at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and reopened at 7:00 a.m. today four hours ahead of schedule.

MaineDOT used an innovative Accelerate Bridge Construction (ABC) technique designed to reduce long-term traffic disruptions. Conventional bridge construction techniques (involving the construction of a temporary bridge) would have likely created traffic congestion for three or four years. This ABC method compressed significant traffic impacts to a period of 60 hours.

"The safe and successful completion of this part of the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project is the result of years of planning, months of construction, and 60 hours of intense on-site work to demolish the old bridge and slide the new spans into place," said MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note. "We are proud of the work our MaineDOT team did with our contracting partners from Cianbro, Shaw Brothers, HNTB, and others. We are also grateful for the support from our customers the members of the traveling public. What we all accomplished together this weekend was not only an amazing feat of engineering but also a remarkable example of great teamwork."

This project also involves reconfiguring Route 1/Veranda Street under the interstate bridge. Modern signalized intersections at the end of the Exit 9 ramps will improve safety for all users. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street will consist of two 11-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes, two five-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway, and a multi-use path on the south side that extends to the Martin's Point Bridge. This project will convert nearly 1.5 acres of roadway and median into green space.

More work on this project will continue in the coming months. This work will involve some overnight lane closures. MaineDOT is also planning another paving operation in October. Parts of the interstate roadway on either side of the new bridge will likely settle as much as one inch throughout the next several months. This is normal and expected. All work is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2022.

HNTB Corporation of South Portland is the design firm for this project. Cianbro of Pittsfield is the prime contractor. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham performed the earthwork and bridge demolition.

The construction contract for this project is approximately $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million.

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4/25/2022: Veranda Plan: I-295 Is Back Open

MaineDOT

News Release for April 25, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation opened the new Veranda Street Bridge to traffic shortly before 7:00 a.m. today four hours ahead of schedule. This bridge carries I-295 over Route 1/Veranda Street (between Exits 9 and 10) in Portland. It is one of the most heavily travelled corridors in the State of Maine. The new bridge is designed to last 100 years.

This part of I-295 had been closed since Friday evening to accommodate the replacement of the old Veranda Street Bridge, which was 61 years old and structurally deficient. MaineDOT used an innovative Accelerate Bridge Construction (ABC) technique designed to reduce long-term traffic disruptions. Conventional bridge construction techniques would have involved the construction of a temporary bridge and would have likely created traffic congestion for three or four years. This ABC method compressed significant traffic impacts to a period of 60 hours.

Demolition of the old bridge began as soon as I-295 closed at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The last beams from the old bridge were removed late Saturday morning. Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) began moving the new southbound bridge span into place late Saturday afternoon. The SPMTs moved the new northbound span into place shortly after midnight on Sunday. This was the first time MaineDOT used SPMTs.

At this time of year, approximately 55,000 vehicles use this part of the interstate on an average day. This ABC method required those motorists to either avoid the area or use detour routes this past weekend. Detours routes primarily relied on the Maine Turnpike and Route 1 in Falmouth. No significant traffic delays were reported during the weekend closure period.

Route 1/Veranda Street (under I-295) has been closed to traffic since 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th and is schedule to reopen at 2:00 p.m. today.

The old roadway geometry underneath the interstate bridge was confusing and contributed to a high incidence of crashes at the intersection of Veranda Street and the I-295 southbound on-ramp. Part of this project involves a reconfiguration of that roadway. Modern signalized intersections at the end of the Exit 9 ramps will improve safety for all users. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street will consist of two 11-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes, two five-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway, and a multi-use path on the south side that extends to the Martin's Point Bridge. This project will convert nearly 1.5 acres of roadway and median into green space.

Planning for the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project began in 2016. Construction began in March 2021. Crews built the foundations for the new structure beneath the existing bridge while also building two new bridge decks on the east side of the interstate. Each of these new bridge decks weighs approximately 800,000 pounds and was set atop the new foundations during the interstate closure. This project also involved the use of geofoam blocks as fill in the bridge embankments. This material is light enough that it will not compress the soft marine clay in the area.

More work on this project will continue in the coming months. This work will involve some overnight lane closures. MaineDOT is also planning another paving operation in October. Parts of the interstate roadway on either side of the new bridge will likely settle as much as one inch throughout the next several months. This is normal and expected. All work is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2022.

The construction contract for this project is approximately $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million.

HNTB Corporation of South Portland is the design firm for this project. Cianbro of Pittsfield is the prime contractor. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham performed the earthwork and bridge demolition.

MaineDOT is extremely grateful to everyone who helped make this weekend a success. Department staff and our contracting partners all worked as one team to get this important part of the project done safely and ahead of schedule. The City of Portland, the Town of Falmouth, and the Maine Turnpike Authority were key players in helping MaineDOT with detour routes and communication. The team at Burgess Advertising & Marketing in Falmouth helped us spread our message.

Most importantly, MaineDOT wants to thank our customers the members of the traveling public who heeded the warnings to avoid the area, used detour routes, and planned for delays during the interstate closure weekend. We sincerely appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we do this important work. Thank you.

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4/21/2022: Veranda Plan: I-295 Closure This Weekend

MaineDOT

News Release for April 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Route 1/Veranda Street (between Exits 9 and 10) in Portland this weekend to accommodate the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge. This project uses an innovative construction technique designed to reduce long-term traffic impacts.

The interstate is scheduled to close at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd and remain closed until 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25th. During this 64-hour-long period, crews will rapidly demolish the existing bridge before moving the new bridge decks into place using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs). This project marks the first time MaineDOT is using SPMTs.

This Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technique will compress significant traffic impacts to a period of four days. Conventional bridge construction techniques were expected to create traffic congestion for four years.

Route 1/Veranda Street (under I-295) has been closed to traffic since 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th to allow crews to prepare the site for the weekend bridge move. The roadway under the interstate is scheduled to reopen at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25th.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid traveling in this area during the closure period. Those who must travel should avoid I-295 and Route 1/Veranda Street entirely by taking I-95, the Maine Turnpike, and the Falmouth Spur. People who travel in the area should expect heavy congestion along the detour routes. Detour maps are available on VerandaPlan.org. That site also includes live camera feeds of the project site.

First constructed in 1961, the Veranda Street Bridge has endured decades of heavy use. It is part of one of the busiest travel corridors in Maine. At this time of year, approximately 55,000 vehicles use this bridge on an average day. In the summertime, average daily traffic volume increases to more than 75,000 vehicles. A 2017 inspection showed the bridge to be structurally deficient. Route 1/Veranda Street (under I-295) carries more than 15,000 vehicles a day. The roadway geometry underneath the interstate bridge was confusing and contributed to a high incidence of crashes at the intersection of Veranda Street and the I-295 southbound on-ramp.

Planning for the Veranda Street Bridge replacement project began in 2016. Construction began in March 2021. Since then, crews have built the foundations for the new structure beneath the existing bridge while also building two new bridge decks on the east side of the interstate. Each of these new bridge decks weighs approximately 800,000 pounds and will be set atop the new foundations during the interstate closure. This project also involves the use of geofoam blocks as fill in the bridge embankments. This material is light enough that it will not compress the soft marine clay in the area.

This project will improve safety and mobility in the area. The new Veranda Street Bridge is designed to last 100 years. This project also involves a reconfiguration of the roadway beneath the interstate. Modern signalized intersections at the end of the Exit 9 ramps will improve safety for all users. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street will consist of two 11-foot-wide vehicle travel lanes, two five-foot-wide bicycle lanes, a five-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the roadway, and a multi-use path on the south side that extends to the Martin's Point Bridge. Once complete, the reconfigured Veranda Street roadway will convert nearly 1.5 acres of roadway and median into green space.

HNTB Corporation of South Portland is the design firm for this project. Cianbro of Pittsfield is the prime contractor. Shaw Brothers Construction of Gorham is doing the earthwork and bridge demolition.

The construction contract for this project is approximately $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering and design work) is approximately $20.8 million.

All work is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2022.

MaineDOT offers its sincere thanks to the residents of Portland and Falmouth as well as the members of the traveling public at large for their continued patience and understanding as we work to complete this important project.


Members of the news media are welcome to cover this weekend's interstate closure and bridge move but will not be permitted on the construction site. We ask that drones not fly directly over the work area.

During the closure weekend, press parking will be available at RE/MAX By the Bay office located at 281 Veranda Street. Please only use this parking lot between 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

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4/20/2022: MaineDOT Bangor Office Closed Today

MaineDOT

News Release for April 20, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BANGOR - The Maine Department of Transportation's Region 4 office in Bangor is closed today after an employee within the facility tested positive for COVID-19. The office is being cleaned today. It will reopen to the public and employees tomorrow.

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4/14/2022: Veranda Plan: Route 1/Veranda Street Will Close Under I-295 on Monday for One Week

MaineDOT

News Release for April 14, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing Route 1/Veranda Street under I-295 in Portland on Monday, April 18th at 2:00 p.m. The road will remain closed for one week to accommodate bridge replacement work on I-295. Route 1/Veranda Street is scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 25th at 2:00 p.m.

The Route 1/Veranda Street closure is part of the project that will involve the full closure of I-295 between Exits 9 and 10. That interstate closure is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25th. During the weekend interstate closure, crews will rapidly demolish the old bridge and move the new bridge into place using Self-propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs).

This project is using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). This technique will replace the aging interstate bridge and limit interstate traffic disruptions to only a few days compared to three or four years using conventional bridge replacement methods. We know this period will be extremely disruptive to residents and travelers, and we thank them for their patience and understanding while we complete this important work.

Members of the traveling public should avoid this area during this period if possible especially during the interstate closure weekend. Those who must travel during the closure should expect major delays. Detour maps are available on www.verandaplan.org. That site also has a live camera feed of the project. This will be the best view of the work. We are asking the public not to visit the site during the construction process.

Beginning the week of May 2nd, there will be overnight lane and ramp closures while our crews and contracting partners complete this project.

NOTE TO MEDIA: MaineDOT Director of Communications Paul Merrill will be available near the project site on Monday afternoon. Call or text 207-215-9297 to schedule an interview. Thank you for your help in spreading this important message.

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4/14/2022: MaineDOT Presque Isle Office Closed Today

MaineDOT

News Release for April 14, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PRESQUE ISLE - The Maine Department of Transportation's Region 5 office in Presque Isle is closed today after an employee within the facility tested positive for COVID-19. The office is being cleaned today. It will reopen to the public and employees tomorrow.

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4/11/2022: Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down

MaineDOT

News Release for April 11, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WEST GARDINER - National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is being observed from Monday, April 11th through Friday, April 15th. This year's theme is "Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down." NWZAW has been observed for more than 20 years and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand how each of us plays a role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe.

Nationwide, there were 762 fatal crashes in work zones resulting in 842 deaths in 2019, according to statistics from the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse. Additionally, 135 roadway workers were killed in work zones. Most of the people killed in work zones were motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. Every year, Maine averages more than 500 crashes and two fatalities in work zones.

Today, the Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Turnpike Authority, Maine State Police, and Associated General Contractors of Maine joined together in West Gardiner to highlight the importance of driving safely in work zones.

"Speeding and distracted driving are a deadly combination," said Peter Merfeld, Chief Operations Office for the Maine Turnpike Authority. "We have a monument in our Portland office dedicated to the four employees who have lost their lives on the job. The latest name was from a 2017 accident that happened in a work zone. We never want to add another name to that list. That's why we are asking the public to obey posted speed limits, eliminate distractions while driving, keep two hands on the wheel, and be watchful for roadway workers and their equipment."

"I'm a traffic engineer, but I'm also a mom to two young girls," said Brooke Glidden, Assistant Transportation Engineer at MaineDOT. "I have worked in both highway and bridge construction zones. This work is dangerous. Our MaineDOT team members and contracting partners want to make sure we can go home safely at night to greet our spouses and our children and be there for them for years to come."

"All our law enforcement officers, construction workers, and highway maintenance workers on our highways have families who care about them and pray every day that they make it home safely," said Sgt. Dan Hanson of the Maine State Police. "Please slow down and show you care about your own safety and ours."

"While it's easy to focus on statistics, this is really about people," said Matt Marks, CEO of Associated General Contractors of Maine. "Hardworking Mainers are putting their lives at risk to make improvements for the traveling public. As the traffic counts increase during the summer, we are pleading with visitors and Mainers to put down their phones, obey work zone speeds, and stay alert. Let's make sure we get to work and back home safely."

As part of the campaign, on Wednesday, April 13th, individuals are encouraged to wear orange to support everyone who works in work zones throughout Maine.

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4/8/2022: HAPPENING TODAY: National Work Zone Awareness Week

MaineDOT

News Release for April 8, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WEST GARDINER - National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) will be observed from Monday, April 11th through Friday, April 15th, 2022. This year's theme is "Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down." NWZAW has been observed for more than 20 years and was launched as a public awareness campaign to help people understand they play a role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe.

On Monday, April 11th, MaineDOT, Maine Turnpike Authority, Maine State Police, and Associated General Contractors of Maine will host a press conference at Maine Turnpike Authority's maintenance facility in West Gardiner with speakers highlighting the importance of driving safely in work zones.

As a reminder, motorists are encouraged to slow to posted speed limits, eliminate distractions while driving, and be watchful for roadway workers and their equipment.

WHO:

Peter Merfeld - Maine Turnpike Authority Chief Operations Officer
Brooke Glidden - MaineDOT Traffic Engineer
Sgt. Dan Hanson - Maine State Police
Matt Marks - Associated General Contractors of Maine

WHAT:

Interviews, information, and visuals about work zone safety (including police dash-cam footage)

WHERE:

Maine Turnpike Authority, West Gardiner Maintenance Facility
199 Lewiston Rd.
West Gardiner, Maine

WHEN:

Monday, April 11th
10:30 a.m.

ADDITIONAL MEDIA CONTACT:

Rebecca Grover - Maine Turnpike Authority
207-838-6795
rgrover@maineturnpike.com

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4/5/2022: Bridge Work Between Route 196 and Route 1 in Brunswick

MaineDOT

News Release for April 5, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BRUNSWICK - For the next several weeks, Maine Department of Transportation crews will be performing maintenance work on the bridges that connect Route 196 with the northbound side of Route 1 in Brunswick.

Work on the bridge that connects Route 196 to the northbound side of Route 1 is scheduled to take place between Monday, April 11th and Wednesday, April 20th. Detoured traffic should take Route 1 south to the Maine Street exit to get back on the northbound side of Route 1.

Work on the bridge that connects northbound Route 1 traffic to Route 196 is scheduled to take place between Thursday, April 21st and Monday, May 2nd. Detoured traffic should take Pleasant Street and Bath Road through Brunswick before getting back on the southbound side of Route 1 at Cooks Corner.

Signs will be posted along all detour routes. Message boards will also be positioned on Route 196 west of the junction with I-295 and Route 201 north of Route 196; these boards will encourage travelers to use I-295 south to Exit 28 to Route 1 north.

While this work will be day work, each bridge will remain closed around the clock until the work is finished.

MaineDOT thanks the members of the traveling public for their patience and understanding while our crews complete this importance bridge maintenance.

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4/4/2022: Mattawamkeag Bridge Replacement Update

MaineDOT

News Release for April 4, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


MATTAWAMKEAG - The Maine Department of Transportation and its contracting partners will begin setting beams for the new Mattawamkeag Bridge in Mattawamkeag on Monday, April 11th. Beam-setting work is expected to continue through Tuesday, April 26th. The contractor plans to set two beams per day. There is a temporary bridge in place, but that bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately 15 minutes each time a beam is set.

This work is part of the project to replace the Mattawamkeag Bridge, which carries Route 2 over the Mattawamkeag River. The old structure was 94 years old and structurally deficient. Work on this replacement project began in December 2021 and is expected to be finished by December 2023.

Crews have installed a temporary bridge downstream from the existing bridge to allow for alternating, single-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals during construction of the new bridge. While this temporary bridge is in use, access to Willow Street from Route 2 is prohibited. Traffic is being detoured using Depot Street (the next street over).

The contractor on this bridge replacement project is Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich. The contract amount is $11,285,267. Funds from a discretionary federal TIGER Grant are helping to cover some of the costs of this and other bridge replacement projects.

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4/4/2022: Twin Bridge Replacement Project Update

MaineDOT

News Release for April 4, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


HAMPDEN - Today, the Maine Department of Transportation closed the Twin Bridge in Hampden as part of the department's ongoing project to replace the 71-year-old structure. The Twin Bridge carries Route 69 over the West Branch of Souadabscook Stream. Traffic is being diverted to a temporary detour bridge. Drivers should expect an alternating pattern of single-lane traffic controlled by temporary signals on the detour route. Oversized loads are not permitted on the temporary bridge.

Crews will now begin removing the existing structure, which spans 25 feet. The new bridge will span more than 53 feet. This will provide more capacity for water flow as well as better habitat connectivity. The replacement bridge will be the first of its kind in Maine: it will use composite tub girders in a "Double T" configuration.

The contractor on this project is CPM Constructors of Freeport. The contract amount is $1,846,235.

MaineDOT expects the new bridge will be finished in November.

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3/29/2022: Route 125 Highway Reconstruction Work in Lisbon

MaineDOT

News Release for March 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


LISBON - The Maine Department of Transportation is performing highway reconstruction work and making other improvements along a one-mile stretch of Route 125 (Main Street) in Lisbon. The construction area begins at the intersection of Routes 125 and 196 and continues northeasterly to Huston Street. In addition to reconstructing the road, this project involves improving drainage, replacing water and sewer lines, and installing new sidewalks. Construction started on March 28th. Most of the work this year will focus on the downtown area. All work is scheduled to be completed by November 17th, 2023. The contractor on this project is McGee Construction of West Gardiner. The contract amount is $7,518,000.

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3/29/2022: Wash-out Accelerates Culvert Replacement Work in Richmond

MaineDOT

News Release for March 29, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


RICHMOND - The Maine Department of Transportation is accelerating its plans to replace a culvert at the Abagadasset River on Alexander Reed Road in Richmond. Rainfall last week caused the exiting culvert to wash out on Friday. The road is currently impassable and will remain closed until the new culvert is built. The detour is currently posted using Routes 197 and 201. On the average day, about 400 vehicles use this segment of Alexander Reed Road.

Before Friday's wash-out, this project was in MaineDOT's Work Plan for late 2023. Construction is now expected to occur this summer and be finished by September. The department plans to replace the twin steel culvert pipes with one, 24-foot-wide concrete box culvert. The estimated cost for all engineering and construction work on this project is $1.2 million.

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3/25/2022: MaineDOT Assembles Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group

MaineDOT

News Release for March 25, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) today announced the creation of an Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group (OSWPAG). This group will advise MaineDOT and other state officials regarding the potential development of wind port facilities needed for Maine to realize the environmental and economic benefits of the rapidly developing offshore wind market. Such facilities are integral to advancing the University of Maine's patented floating offshore wind technology and attracting offshore wind industry investment to Maine.

The advisory group process will create a forum for robust stakeholder and public engagement regarding potential port development. This process will also help ensure that environmental and economic benefits to Maine from offshore wind are responsibly balanced with community input and the need to minimize adverse impacts.

The OSWPAG will consist of 19 members representing a spectrum of local, regional, and statewide stakeholders, including representatives from environmental, business, port and marine transportation, fishing, labor, construction, and conservation interests. The OSWPAG members are:

Co-chairs

  • Beth Ahearn Maine Conservation Voters
  • James Gillway Searsport Town Manager

Other members

  • Matt Cannon Sierra Club Maine
  • Joshua Conover Lobsterman, Islesboro Marine Enterprises
  • Dr. Habib Dagher University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center
  • Dennis Damon Maine Port Authority
  • Eliza Donoghue Maine Audubon
  • Francis Eanes Maine Labor Climate Council
  • Ben Lucas Maine Chamber of Commerce
  • Capt. David Gelinas Penobscot Bay & River Pilots Association
  • Hon. Jessie Gunther Retired Judge
  • Sean Mahoney Conservation Law Foundation
  • Matt Marks Associated General Contractors of Maine
  • Paul Mercer Consultant to the Office of the Governor
  • Steve Miller Islesboro Islands Trust
  • Rolf Olsen Friends of Sears Island
  • Mac Smith Stockton Springs Town Manager
  • Jim Therriault Sprague Operating Resources
  • TBD Searsport Local Citizen

"MaineDOT and our collaborating state agencies want to thank the members of the Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group for agreeing to be part of this important process," said Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation. "We expect the stakeholders on this group to have varying perspectives and to engage in robust and thoughtful discussions regarding the potential for port development to support the rapidly growing offshore wind market. This group's work will provide important input as we look ahead to the ways Maine can help harness clean energy while creating jobs and strengthening our state's economy."

"This process will be a thorough, transparent one that welcomes all perspectives and listens to all voices," said Beth Ahearn, Director of Government Affairs for Maine Conservation Voters and co-chair of the advisory group. "Our goal is to give the state the information it needs to achieve both the environmental and economic benefits of offshore wind."

"We look forward to the conversations about balancing responsible development with preserving the ecological and recreational aspects of what makes us special," said James Gillway, Searsport Town Manager and co-chair of the advisory group. "Renewable energy sources and economic growth both hold the potential to benefit future generations of Mainers. This process will tell us whether offshore wind port development is right for Maine."

This port advisory group process is a companion effort to the Maine Offshore Wind Initiative led by the Governor's Energy Office (GEO), which is exploring the responsible development of floating offshore wind energy in the federal waters off the Gulf of Maine while ensuring balance with our state's maritime industries and environment. A key component of this broader GEO initiative is the development of the Offshore Wind Roadmap, a comprehensive economic development planning process now underway. Working groups of the Roadmap include those studying energy markets, environmental and wildlife issues, supply chain, workforce development, port and marine transportation needs, and fisheries.

State government officials representing MaineDOT, the GEO, the Governor's Office of Policy Innovation & Future, the Maine Department of Marine Resources, and others will serve as subject matter experts to support the OSWPAG's work. New England Aqua Ventus, the firm working with GEO to develop the floating offshore wind research array, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the holder of the conservation easement on the 600 acres of Sears Island reserved for conservation, will also be available to serve as technical advisors. MaineDOT will provide logistical and communications support.

The Offshore Wind Port Advisory Group is expected to have its first organizational meeting in the latter part of April. All OSWPAG meetings will be public, and there will be an ongoing opportunity for the public to give input and ask questions. Interested members of the public can find general information and sign up to receive email updates at this website.

The OSWPAG process is expected to continue as needed, at least throughout the rest of the calendar year.

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3/21/2022: Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge Project Finishing Ahead of Schedule

MaineDOT

News Release for March 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The Maine Department of Transportation plans to complete all construction work on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge in Kittery two months ahead of schedule.

The bridge project contractor, SPS New England, will be conducting final road striping operations in the coming weeks. All physical work on the bridge is expected to be finished by the end of March.

The goal of this project has been to improve safety and mobility on Maine's most important bridge and preserve the structure for another 50 years of use. Construction work on this project started in May 2019 and was scheduled to be finished by May 2022. Lower-than-normal traffic volumes during the COVID-19 pandemic allowed for a faster construction schedule.

This bridge construction work has prepared the structure for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project, which will allow part-time shoulder use during peak travel times. This ITS project is expected to continue until April 2023.

The construction contract on the bridge project was $52.6 million. The estimated total cost for the bridge project (including engineering, police coverage, and communications) is $61.8 million.


The Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge project is part of the "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project - a collaboration involving MaineDOT, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine - a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

For the latest information, visit www.buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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3/21/2022: Temporary Bridge Closure in Mattawamkeag

MaineDOT

News Release for March 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


MATTAWAMKEAG - Today, the Maine Department of Transportation is temporarily closing the temporary bridge that carries Route 2 over the Mattawamkeag River. The purpose of the closure is to allow crews to relieve the pressure created by ice that has collected on the upstream side of the structure. This temporary bridge is serving traffic while the department and it's contracting partners work to replace the permanent Mattawamkeag Bridge. Ice chunks have been collecting on the upstream side of the temporary bridge because they are being blocked by both the temporary bridge and the cofferdams being used to construct the new permanent bridge. During the temporary closure, crews will break up the ice to allow it to move downstream more easily.

This closure is expected to begin at noon and last several hours. It will create a long detour. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area during the closure period. Additional closures may be required depending on the amount of ice coming down the river. As always, MaineDOT thanks the members of the traveling public for their patience and understanding.

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2/28/2022: Station 46 (Route 1) Bridge Replacement in Woolwich

MaineDOT

News Release for February 28, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


WOOLWICH - The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Station 46 Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Back River Creek Marsh and Rockland Branch of the Maine Central Railroad in Woolwich. The work area begins at the Taste of Maine Restaurant and extends north past the intersection of Route 1 and George Wright Road. The reconstruction of Route 1 will raise the roadway by approximately five feet to address flooding concerns and sea level rise. This project also involves the construction of an 85-foot-long bridge (the Pleasant Cove Bridge) to replace two culverts near George Wright Road; this work is being done to protect Route 1 and to eventually help restore tidal flow to the marsh.

The existing Station 46 Bridge was built in 1933. It is an aging structure with areas of significant deterioration. In 2019, the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) on the bridge was nearly 19,000 vehicles.

MaineDOT Project Manager Devan Eaton said, "Route 1 is one of the most important roadways in our state. Maintaining safe and efficient passage through this area is extremely important to the economy. Our work to replace this bridge was designed to minimize traffic impacts. This project will also increase resiliency on a key piece of coastal infrastructure."

The contractor is Reed & Reed, Inc. of Woolwich. The construction contract amount is $33,547,697.

Jackson Parker, Chairman & CEO of Woolwich-based Reed & Reed, Inc. said, "We are pleased to build this key project right in our backyard. Reed & Reed widened and rehabilitated that same bridge in 1980, so we are happy to upgrade it once again. Some of our employees who worked on that 1980 project are still with us, and I'm sure they will be back on the project this time."

On-site work began in January. Right now, the contractor is building a temporary detour roadway to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Route 1 throughout construction. All work is expected to be finished by the end of 2024.

MaineDOT estimates that the total cost of this project (including engineering and construction) will be close to $40 million.

This project received a 2019 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the amount of $25 million.

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2/11/2022: Veranda Plan: I-295 Closure Scheduled for April

MaineDOT

News Release for February 11, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


PORTLAND - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing I-295 over Veranda Street in Portland on the fourth weekend in April to accommodate the replacement of an aging interstate bridge. MaineDOT's "Veranda Plan" involves a full closure of the highway around Exit 9 from 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25th. Additionally, Route 1/Veranda Street (under the bridge) will be closed for a full week: from 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18th to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25th.

These closures had originally been planned for October 2021 but had to be postponed because of challenges involving the lightweight geofoam fill being used on the project. A national resin shortage had slowed the process of obtaining replacement geofoam blocks. The new closure dates are not creating additional traffic impacts - just changing the timing.

Site work was halted for the winter months, but crews will return to the job site in late February and early March.

The I-295 and Route 1/Veranda Street closures are expected to increase traffic on the Maine Turnpike and on local roads in Portland and Falmouth. MaineDOT is asking members of the public to avoid this area during the interstate closure weekend. Drivers who must travel on I-295 through Portland or on Route 1/Veranda Street in Portland and Falmouth are encouraged to make their own "Veranda Plan." Detour routes are available by visiting www.verandaplan.org. That site also includes live video feeds of the construction site, an FAQ section, and a link to pre-register for a yet-to-be-scheduled live virtual meeting that will include project updates and a question-and-answer period.

The Veranda Street Bridge is 60 years old and needs to be replaced. This project also involves a reconfiguration of Route 1/Veranda Street to improve mobility and safety. Crews are constructing the new bridge on the east side of the existing bridge and a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) will be used to move the new structure into place during the 64-hour interstate closure. SPMTs are used to transport massive objects that can't be moved by trucks. Most notably, NASA uses SPMTs to move space shuttle components. This is the first time MaineDOT is using an SPMT. This accelerated bridge construction process will greatly reduce the long-term traffic impacts that would have occurred if conventional construction had been used. The contract for construction of this project, awarded to Cianbro in November 2020, is $18.1 million. The total project cost (including engineering, inspection, and other costs) is approximately $20.8 million. Construction of the project started in March 2020. MaineDOT aims to finish this project by the end of 2022.

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1/26/2022: MaineDOT Closes Vinalhaven Ferry Terminal after Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

MaineDOT

News Release for January 26, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


VINALHAVEN - The Maine Department of Transportation has closed the Maine State Ferry Service terminal building on Vinalhaven after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

This temporary closure is a precaution to allow time for appropriate cleaning and sanitizing per guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The facility will reopen as soon as the cleaning is complete.

During the building closure, members of the traveling public can still board ferries. Any passenger who needs to pay a fare may do so upon arrival in Rockland.

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1/21/2022: Lane Closures on Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge in Kittery

MaineDOT

News Release for January 21, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


KITTERY - The Maine Department of Transportation will be closing travel lanes on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge in Kittery next week to accommodate overhead sign work.

Between Monday, January 24th and Thursday, January 27th, the contractor plans to close the left lane on the southbound side between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and the right two lanes on the northbound side between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

In addition to these closures, there will be intermittent rolling roadblocks, which may slow both north and southbound traffic. These closures will be necessary to maintain the safety of the crews as they work to install the overhead signage. These closures will begin in New Hampshire near mile marker 15.

The northbound Exit 1 and Exit 2 off-ramps will experience night closures during this time, but both off-ramps will never be closed at the same time.

As with all outdoor construction work, this schedule is heavily dependent on the weather.

The goal of this project is to improve safety and mobility on Maine's most important bridge and preserve the structure for another 50 years of use. This work is also preparing the bridge for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project, which will allow part-time shoulder use during peak travel times.

This project started in May 2019 and is expected to be finished by May 2022.


The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine - a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

For the latest information, visit www.buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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1/18/2022: MaineDOT Releases Three-Year Work Plan

MaineDOT

News Release for January 18, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


AUGUSTA - Today, the Maine Department of Transportation released the 2022 Edition of its three-year Work Plan. This Work Plan includes all capital projects and programs, maintenance and operations activities, planning initiatives, and administrative functions for calendar years 2022, 2023, and 2024. This plan contains 2,316 individual work items with a total value of $3.17 billion, consisting primarily of work delivered or coordinated through MaineDOT.

Despite the ongoing challenges and uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic and other economic pressures, the team at MaineDOT continues to fulfill its mission of supporting economic opportunity and quality of life by responsibly providing customers the safest and most reliable transportation system possible, given available resources.

For years, the long-standing chronic unmet transportation funding need in Maine and across the nation required MaineDOT to embrace "MacGyver" mode - the department's general approach of doing the best it can with what it has. Some policy developments in 2021 provide reason for cautious optimism moving forward.

"Action at the federal, state, and local levels may mean that we may soon be able to transition from 'MacGyver' mode toward a more proactive approach," said Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation. "It's too early to tell; we need to know more about goals that affect the scope of our work, construction costs, and the extent and sustainability of new funding. Still, for the first time in many years, it feels like we can begin to consider moving from reactive patching to proactive planning."

There were at least three noteworthy policy development in 2021.

First, the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) became law in November. Once the federal funding from the BIL begins to flow, it will provide an increase in reliable formula funding that will help address construction cost inflation fueled by tight labor and material markets. Further, the BIL provides a dramatic increase in competitive discretionary grant programs. These discretionary funds are not guaranteed and will be subject to federal eligibility and policy guidance that will not be clear for months. However, they may provide the opportunity to make meaningful investments in our iconic New England villages, connecting corridors, modal options to support the people who need them, active transportation, and initiatives that support jobs and the environment including electric vehicle charging stations and port investments to support a clean energy future.

Second, Maine policymakers and voters continue to demonstrate that they understand and support the tangible, foundational value that transportation has on the safety, economic opportunity, and quality of life of all Maine people. In 2021, Governor Mills proposed, and the Legislature approved, two General Fund initiatives that provided nearly $106 million to MaineDOT. This unprecedented level of General Fund support saved MaineDOT's capital transportation program by offsetting state Highway Fund revenue reductions driven by the pandemic and high construction cost inflation. In addition, this past November, more than 70 percent of voters approved a $100-million transportation bond, providing much-needed state match for federal and other funds to support MaineDOT's capital production.

Third, MaineDOT continues to expand its partnerships with stakeholders, including municipalities. Better collaboration means better results for the people of Maine. This year, MaineDOT is leading a comprehensive look at what current trends and funding could mean for Maine's transportation system and customer needs. These endeavors include a revision of our state's overarching Long-Range Transportation Plan and several modally specific plans. Further, this year, MaineDOT is adding a Village Partnership Initiative to its suite of community-based initiatives. This Village Partnership Initiative will be focused on improving lower-speed areas where people meet, walk, shop, and do business. These projects can vary from small, safety improvements to larger, once-in-a-lifetime, placemaking investments.

Building off past successes with projects like Woodford's Corner in Portland, downtown Ogunquit, Naples, Bridgton, Hallowell, and Belgrade, partnerships between MaineDOT and municipalities can revitalize our iconic New England villages.

"The transformation of Belgrade's already charming village into a must-visit destination has been nothing short of amazing," Belgrade Town Manager Anthony Wilson said. "That could not have been possible if not for our partnership with MaineDOT, along with some generous and civic-minded private donors. During the summertime, the village's sidewalks bustle with all manner of vibrancy. We invite anyone interested in the department's Village Partnership Initiative to come to Belgrade and see for themselves."

Whether these three policy developments in 2021 will lead to a sustainably more optimistic, proactive future for transportation in Maine depends upon the clarification regarding goals, costs, and funding all of which are in a state of change now and which should become clearer by the end of 2022.

In the meantime, this Work Plan again delivers essential services and provides for solid capital programs, as always subject to funding materializing as planned. It includes nearly $1.8 billion for highway and bridge capital projects, including the following:

  • 235 bridge projects (estimated cost: $631 million).
  • 115 miles of highway construction and rehabilitation (estimated cost: $155 million).
  • 353 highway safety and spot improvements (estimated cost: $237 million).
  • 1,057 miles of preservation paving (estimated cost: $462 million).
  • 2,162 miles of Light Capital Paving (LCP) (estimated cost: $111 million).
"MaineDOT's Work Plan has historically been a nonpolitical document, outlining responsible investments in our state's infrastructure based on engineering guidance, and this year's Work Plan is no different," said Transportation Committee Chairs Senator Bill Diamond and Representative Danny Martin and Republican leaders Senator Brad Farrin and Representative Mike Perkins. "We know Maine's transportation needs are so great that even new funding sources won't go as far as we would like them to go and the committee looks forward to continuing our in-depth work with DOT to make every dollar count."

Notable projects in this Work Plan include:

  • Replacement of 15 rural bridge decks located in Benedicta, Medway, Howland, Bangor, Hampden, and Pittsfield (estimated cost: $80.8 million).
    Partially funded by $45.2 million in federal grant money.
  • Replacement of the Ticonic Bridge between Waterville and Winslow (estimated cost: $46.7 million).
    Partially funded by $25 million in federal grant money.
  • Design and construction of the Acadia Gateway Center in Trenton (estimated cost: $30 million).
    Partially funded by $12.8 million in federal grant money.
  • Replacement of the Frank J. Wood Bridge between Brunswick and Topsham (estimated cost: $33.5 million).
  • New initiatives in partnership programs to help reimagine and rebuild some of Maine's iconic village and downtown areas in collaboration with local communities (estimated state and local investment: $30 million).
  • Replacement of the bridge that carries I-95 over Broadway in Bangor (estimated cost: $19.8 million).
    Partially funded by $15.7 million in federal grant money.
  • Full reconstruction of 4.5 miles of Foxcroft Road in Houlton (estimated cost: $16.3 million).
    Partially funded by $15 million in federal grant money.
  • Construction of a new Casco Bay Lines ferry (estimated cost: $12.5 million).
  • Replacement of two bridges that carry I-95 over Webb Road in Waterville (estimated cost: $10.6 million).
    Partially funded by $6.1 million in federal grant money.
  • Construction of a new Maine State Ferry Service ferry to serve Matinicus (estimated cost: $10 million).
  • Construction of 1.4 miles of off-road trail to close a gap on the Eastern Trail located in Scarborough and South Portland. This section of trail includes two critical spans for active transportation over the Nonesuch River and the Downeaster rail line (estimated cost: $6 million).
  • Upgrading the International Marine Terminal in Portland with a wharf infill and expansion to allow larger vessels to berth (estimated cost: $5.7 million).
"This Work Plan is vital to supporting construction industry jobs in Maine," said Matt Marks, Chief Executive Officer of Associated General Contractors of Maine. "Every project in this three-year outlook will help keep Mainers working. Our relationship with MaineDOT helps us solve complex problems together so we can all keep delivering for the people of our state."

"MaineDOT continues to rise to meet the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic and other economic pressures," said Maria Fuentes, Executive Director of the Maine Better Transportation Association. "This work plan creates some stability for design and engineering firms during even the most uncertain of times. We are hopeful that new state and federal investments in infrastructure signal the beginning of a new era for transportation in Maine."

This Work Plan, like all such plans, is dependent upon funding assumptions involving state Highway Fund revenue, federal funds, and other funding sources. Should funding sources not materialize, the work items within this plan will need to be adjusted to reflect funding changes.

View and search the 2022 Edition of the MaineDOT Work Plan by visiting www.mainedot.gov. This year's Work Plan also features an interactive, media-rich story map. There is also a media packet, which includes pictures of relevant project sites and design renderings.

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1/13/2022: MaineDOT Bangor Office Closed Today after Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

MaineDOT

News Release for January 13, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


BANGOR - The Maine Department of Transportation closed its Region 4 office in Bangor this morning in response to an employee within the facility testing positive for COVID-19. The office is being cleaned today. It will reopen to the public and employees tomorrow.

MaineDOT was informed of the employee's positive test result this morning and notified coworkers. The department is working to identify close contacts of this individual, who is isolating and was last in the office on Tuesday. No members of the public have been identified as close contacts.

MaineDOT temporarily closed the Bangor office as a precaution, to allow time for appropriate cleaning and sanitizing per guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We expect the building will reopen tomorrow.

In order to abide by privacy requirements, MaineDOT is limited in releasing further information about this case. We wish our employee a speedy recovery.

All MaineDOT offices have instituted appropriate physical distancing, face covering, and sanitation policies.

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1/7/2022: Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge Lane Closures in Kittery

MaineDOT

News Release for January 7, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


KITTERY - Lane closures on the Piscataqua River (I-95) Bridge in Kittery are scheduled for January 12-14. The lane closures are necessary to facilitate the installation of overhead signage.

Northbound: Traffic on the bridge will be reduced to a single lane on Wednesday, January 12th, and Thursday, January 13th between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., at which point the middle lane will reopen. The rightmost northbound lane will reopen at 2 p.m. Southbound: The leftmost lane will be closed on Wednesday, January 12th, and Thursday, January 13th between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to these closures, there will be nightly, intermittent closures, which may slow both north and southbound traffic. These closures will be necessary to maintain the safety of the crews as they work to install the overhead signage. These closures will begin in New Hampshire near mile marker 15. Northeast Traffic has worked to reduce the number of these closures to a minimum.

The Northbound, Exit 1 and Exit 2 off-ramps will see night closures during this time, but at no time will these exits be closed at the same time.

As with all outdoor construction work, this schedule is heavily dependent on the weather.

The goal of this project is to improve safety and mobility on Maine's most important bridge and preserve the structure for another 50 years of use. This work is also preparing the bridge for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project, which will allow part-time shoulder use during peak travel times.

This project started in May 2019 and is expected to be finished by May 2022.


The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.

In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine - a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.

For the latest information, visit www.buildingabettergateway.com, and follow @MaineAheadNews on Facebook and Twitter.

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1/5/2022: MaineDOT Statement Regarding the Frank J. Wood Bridge

MaineDOT

News Release for January 5, 2022

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Director of Communications - 207-215-9297


In response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit's January 4th decision regarding the Frank J. Wood Bridge, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) is issuing the following statement:

For years, the plaintiffs in this case have been trying to save a 90-year-old bridge that is rapidly approaching the end of its useful life despite recommendations from transportation engineering agencies charged with responsibly maintaining thousands of Maine bridges.

Yesterday's ruling affirms that there is no merit to the factual arguments the plaintiffs have been making regarding specific construction costs and the approach MaineDOT used to develop cost estimates. The Court's opinion makes clear what MaineDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) already knew: the cost of rehabilitating the Frank J. Wood Bridge is much greater than the cost of replacing it.

To finalize this matter, the Court is requiring one additional factual finding, but we are confident that the result will be the same: the villages of Brunswick and Topsham are going to be connected by a new, safer bridge that better serves all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. MaineDOT will work with our partners at FHWA to satisfy the Court's instruction in short order. With all the community and municipal support to move forward with the new bridge, we hope there are no additional attempts to delay the project with new legal challenges.

Despite the challenges of continued bridge deterioration and the soaring cost of construction, we expect to be able to advertise for construction bids for the new bridge this spring, and thereby discharge our responsibility to the communities and all the people of Maine to responsibly promote public safety, economic opportunity, and quality of life.

Commercial vehicles and vehicles that weigh more than ten tons (20,000 pounds) are still prohibited from using the Frank J. Wood Bridge. MaineDOT put this restriction in place in November following the results of a September inspection that showed rapid and aggressive deterioration. The next bridge inspection is scheduled for March.

Use this link to take a virtual tour of the replacement bridge: https://vtour.123bim.com/RRTT/vtour.html

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