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speed Alert

Posted on December 5 at 8:54 AM

At the request of the Maine State Police, speed limits on the Maine Turnpike from New Hampshire line (Mile 0) to Exit 53 in Falmouth have been reduced to 45 MPH due to snow. Motorists on the Turnpike are asked drive safely, and stay tuned to broadcasts on 1610 AM for the most up to date information. This message will be updated as conditions change.
Additional Information
Overlimits are prohibted until speeds are restored to posted normal.

Updated on 12/5/2016 at 10:07 AM
At the request of the Maine State Police, speed limits on the Maine Turnpike from New Hampshire line (Mile 0) to the New Gloucester Barrier Toll at Mile 67 have been reduced to 45 MPH due to snow. Motorists on the Turnpike are asked drive safely, and stay tuned to broadcasts on 1610 AM for the most up to date information. This message will be updated as conditions change.

Additional Information:
Speeds are now reduced from Kittery to New Gloucester Toll/Mile 67. Overlimits are prohibted until speeds are restored to posted normal.

Updated on 12/5/2016 at 10:20 AM
At the request of the Maine State Police, speed limits on the Maine Turnpike from New Hampshire line (Mile 0) to the end of the Maine Turnpike at Mile 109 have been reduced to 45 MPH due to snow. Motorists on the Turnpike are asked drive safely, and stay tuned to broadcasts on 1610 AM for the most up to date information. This message will be updated as conditions change.

Additional Information:
Speeds are now reduced from Kittery to Augusta. Overlimits are prohibted until speeds are restored to posted normal.




crash Alert

Posted on December 5 at 11:09 AM

Motorists traveling southbound on the Maine Turnpike are being advised of a motor vehicle crash. The crash occurred between Exit 63 in Gray and Exit 53 in Falmouth. Motorists should expect moderate delays between Exit 63 in Gray and Exit 53 in Falmouth. Please use caution and stay alert while traveling through this area. This message will be updated as conditions change.
Additional Information
Crash at mile 62 south, left lane is blocked. Expect delays.

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MTA History

In 1941 the Maine State Legislature passed "An Act to Create the Maine Turnpike Authority" creating an independent state agency charged with constructing a highway from “some point at or near Kittery to some point at or near Fort Kent.”   At that time, it was the largest construction project in Maine. 

history2.jpgThe new toll “superhighway” was the brainchild of Representative Joseph T. Sayward of Kennebunk and a small group of community leaders who decided the time had come to invest in a modern highway that would provide safe and speedy access to the state’s towns and cities.  Up to this point, Route 1, which followshistory3.jpgMaine's coast, was the main road between Kittery and Portland and was becoming extremely congested. Some said it would take the better part of a day to travel between the two cities. Studies conducted by the State Highway Department showed that widening or relocating portions of Route 1 was not feasible. However, many worried a new road would direct tourists away from businesses along Route 1. Despite reasonable concerns, Sayward and his group knew how important highway travel would be for Maine, and they pushed on. Plans for the new road went ahead.

The survey, design and securing of finances for the first, 45-mile, four-lane divided highway (Section I) took a full five years to complete. The actual construction took less than two years.

history4.jpgThe Maine Turnpike Authority was innovative in its finance method for the road, leveraging funds using revenue bonds for highway construction. More than $20 million was raised through bonds sold to private and institutional investors. This landmark use of revenue bonds allowed for the road to be built without any state or federal funds, and the debt was repaid entirely from projected toll revenues. This unique establishment of revenue bonds produced a national model for how states and municipalities fund major infrastructure projects today.

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