KITTERY — Crews continue to conduct striping and bridge joint work on the Piscataqua River (I-95) bridge. The contractor is planning to make the following traffic changes to accommodate work on the bridge and its approaches:
Northbound: Between Sunday, October 24 and Friday, October 29, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to a single lane between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Southbound: Between Monday, October 25 and Friday, October 29, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to a single lane between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
There will also be temporary on- and off-ramp closures to accommodate striping work. These closures will happen at Exits 2 and 3 on the Maine Turnpike and at Exit 7/Market Street in New Hampshire. The closures should be relatively short, according to MDOT, in a news release.
As with all outdoor construction work, this schedule is heavily dependent on the weather.
The goal of this project is to improve safety and mobility on Maine's most important bridge and preserve the structure for another 50 years of use. This work is also preparing the bridge for an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project, which will allow part-time shoulder use during peak travel times.
This project started in May 2019 and is expected to be finished by May 2022.
The "Maine Ahead: Building a Better Gateway" project is a collaboration involving the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. The goal of the project is to revitalize and rehabilitate the travel corridor that welcomes millions of commuters, travelers, and freight drivers to Maine every year. The initiative focuses on two major construction projects on the I-95 corridor: the Piscataqua River Bridge and the York Toll Plaza. The toll plaza work involves making safety improvements and creating the ability to allow highway-speed tolling. The bridge work will extend the life of the bridge, add needed safety improvements, and prepare the structure for breakdown-lane travel during peak travel periods.
In 2018, 37 million tourists visited Maine – a 33-percent increase from 2012 tourism numbers. During normal times, 78,000 vehicles cross the Piscataqua River Bridge every day, and in the summer, that daily traffic number can climb to 130,000 vehicles. More than 15 million transactions occur at the York Toll Plaza each year. In 2019, on Labor Day weekend alone, nearly 250,000 transactions occurred at the York Toll Plaza, with 187,000 being captured electronically.
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