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Bridge Demolition to Cause Intermittent Traffic Stops at Mile 48 Overnights Monday through Thursday

Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2011
Erin Courtney
513-2982
ecourtney@maineturnpike.com
CONTACT: Dan Morin (MTA)
838-8613
dmorin@maineturnpike.com


Bridge Demolition to Cause Intermittent Traffic Stops at Mile 48 Overnights Monday through Thursday

Intermittent traffic stops scheduled tonight through Thursday

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Turnpike Authority will intermittently stop traffic at mile 48.5 (Riverside St./Larrabee Rd. exit) from 10:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, December 19 through 22 for bridge demolition, weather permitting. Northbound stoppages will take place Monday and Tuesday while southbound stops are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday overnights.

Occasional traffic stops are needed to accommodate the removal of structural steel from the original Exit 48 interchange bridge. The new Exit 48 interchange bridge opened to traffic in early November. State police will stop traffic at 25 minute intervals to allow the contractor time to remove structural steel without jeopardizing motorist or worker safety.

There may be adjustments to the following schedule due to weather and other factors:

  • Monday, 12/19: Northbound stoppages at various times between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Traffic stop will include Exit 48 northbound on ramp.
  • Tuesday, 12/20: Northbound stoppages at various times between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Traffic stop will include Exit 48 northbound on ramp.
  • Wednesday, 12/21: Southbound stoppages at various times between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, 12/22: Southbound stoppages at various times between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Motorists should be prepared for trip delays or seek alternate travel routes. Message boards will be in place to inform approaching travelers of traffic stops, and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) broadcasts on 1610 AM will also be used to inform drivers.

The Maine Turnpike Authority appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding.