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Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 02, 2015
Erin Courtney
513-2982
ecourtney@maineturnpike.com


Periodic Traffic Stops at Mile 80 Early Wednesday Morning

Pavement striping to occur Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. 

      LEWISTON, Maine – Between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015 there will be periodic traffic stops and slowdowns at Mile 80 in Lewiston for pavement striping of the Lewiston Interchange improvement project work zone.  During this time traffic will be limited to one lane through the work zone in both the northbound and southbound directions.  All work is weather dependent. 
 
Motorists should plan for potential delays in the area. Message boards will be in place to inform approaching travelers 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 during this construction.
 
Construction of the Lewiston Interchange improvement project is currently in Phase II.  Phase II, an $8.5 million project, includes reconfigurations to the mainline and replacing both the northbound and southbound bridges.  The work on the southbound bridge is currently underway.  Once the new southbound bridge is complete, work will shift to the northbound bridge in 2016.  One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction in this area of the turnpike during the construction. The third and final phase, Phase III, will tie the single point ramps into a single new traffic signal on Alfred Plourde Parkway.
 
The new interchange has been designed as a Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI). This will be the first SPUI design in the State of Maine. The SPUI design was selected to reduce impacts on adjacent property owners, reduce impacts on natural resources, improve current traffic operations, and to accommodate the future growth in the region.
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