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Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 03, 2017
Erin Courtney
513-2982
ecourtney@maineturnpike.com


Roadside Clearing Begins on I-95 in Portland Today

 
PORTLAND, Maine- A contractor working for the Maine Turnpike Authority will begin roadside clearing project on the Turnpike (I-95) at Rand Road (Exit 47) today.   In this first phase of this work, the contractor, Comprehensive Land Technologies, Inc.  of South China, Maine, plans to clearing vegetation from the easterly (northbound) side of the Turnpike and proceed northerly to Exit 48 (Riverside Street), and then move to the westerly (southbound) side of the Turnpike and work southerly back to Rand Road.  It is expected that this first phase of the work will take 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the weather.  For this work to proceed safely for travelers and the workers, it will involve closing of shoulders and occasionally the right-hand travel lane.   Accordingly, it has been scheduled in the winter to minimize impacts to travelers.
This clearing is a basic maintenance activity and is not part of any construction project.    It is being done to enhance safety for Turnpike travelers in three ways.

  • It allows more sun to hit the road, which helps melt ice and snow quicker, thereby improving traction quicker and reducing the need for salt.
  • It allows drivers to more easily see large wildlife like deer and thus avoid collisions.
  • It can reduce the severity of crashes when a vehicle leaves the highway by removing trees that could cause a deadly collision. 
This first phase is part of a 4-month, $178,000 contract to provide roadside clearing along the Turnpike mainline from Exit 47 to Exit 52, and along both sides of the Falmouth Spur to a point near I-295.
This work has been planned to minimize the impacts abutting homeowners as much as practical, consistent with the goal of achieving the safety benefits for travelers.  Communication with municipal officials and homeowners has been and will remain on-going.
 

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