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Falmouth Spur Traffic Pattern Switch

Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2012
Erin Courtney
CONTACT: Dan Morin (MTA)

Falmouth Spur Traffic Pattern Switch

Falmouth Spur Traffic Pattern Switch Reconstruction of Presumpscot River Overpass Bridges Begins This Week

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Turnpike Authority alerts motorists of a new traffic pattern affecting westbound travelers to the Turnpike on the Falmouth Spur beginning this week. The new traffic pattern is needed to ensure motorist and worker safety as construction crews begin a two-year project to reconstruct the Presumpscot River Overpass Bridges on the Falmouth Spur.

Starting Monday, traffic will be restricted to a single lane pattern in each direction. Motorists heading toward the Turnpike will be directed to cross over onto the eastbound bridge while crews reconstruct the westbound bridge. This first phase of construction should wrap up late in 2012, and be followed by further construction that will require additional traffic pattern changes. All schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

This work is a part of the Maine Turnpike Authority 30-year plan of major bridge rehabilitation to help maintain the continued safe condition of all Turnpike bridges. The Presumpscot River overpasses were constructed in 1954. Nearly all 176 Maine Turnpike bridges were built between 1946 and 1955.

Message boards will be in place to inform approaching motorists of traffic pattern changes, and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) broadcasts on 1610 AM will also be used to inform drivers.

The Maine Turnpike Authority does not anticipate any traffic problems or delays and appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding.