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Falmouth Spur Interchange Bridge Project Work Starts Monday, March 18

Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2013
Erin Courtney
CONTACT: Dan Morin (MTA)

Falmouth Spur Interchange Bridge Project Work Starts Monday, March 18

Southbound off ramp will be closed for extended periods through November

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Turnpike Authority will begin a project on Monday, March 18 to rehabilitate the Exit 52 Interchange Bridge which carries Falmouth Spur traffic over the Turnpike.

The project will be completed in phases and limit southbound access to and from the Falmouth Spur until the project is completed in November. Southbound on and off ramp closures will include:

  • The southbound off-ramp for traffic exiting the Maine Turnpike will be closed Monday, March 18 for approximately 3 weeks.
  • Both the southbound on ramp and off ramp will be closed for approximately one week in late-May or early-June. 
  • The southbound off-ramp for traffic exiting the Turnpike will close again from late-May / early-June until major construction activities conclude in November 2013.

Commuters who currently travel southbound from points north of Exit 52 are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes prior to the start of the project. The suggested alternate route to I-295 from the Maine Turnpike is Exit 45 (Maine Mall Road). 
The $3.5 million project, awarded to CPM Constructors of Freeport, consists of rehabilitation of the Exit 52 Falmouth Spur Interchange bridge superstructure over the Maine Turnpike. The work includes partial replacement of the concrete bridge deck, replacement of the bridge railings, raising the bridge to increase the under clearance over the Turnpike, concrete substructure modifications, repairs and approach work.
Turnpike Authority staff will hold a public information meeting and overview of the Exit 52 Interchange Bridge Project at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Maine Turnpike Authority located off of Exit 46 (Jetport) of the Maine Turnpike.
Ramp closure dates and alerts will be posted in advance on electronic message signs on approach to the project area. The Maine Turnpike advises drivers to proceed through the work zones with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
The MTA works to inform the public about planned Turnpike lane closures and travel alerts, but there is a possibility that unscheduled work may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.
Visit MaineTurnpike.com for more information on Turnpike projects and weekly construction advisories and lane closure reports. Motorists can also sign up to receive travel alerts by email and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for timely travel alerts and Turnpike information.
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