Interstate 195 links the Maine Turnpike with the city of Saco and the town of Old Orchard Beach in York County.
Interstate 195, the Saco Industrial Spur, is a 1.60 mile1 long route leading east from I-95 (Maine Turnpike) across Goosefare Hill to U.S. 1 (Main Street) in the city of Saco. While officially ending at the exchange with U.S. 1 at Exit 2, the freeway extends east from Main Street as I-195 to Goosefare Brook, the dividing line between Saco and the town of Old Orchard Beach. Route 5 eastbound overtakes the ending freeway along Ocean Park Road to Saco Avenue through Old Orchard Beach. Route 5 westbound utilizes the freeway to connect with U.S. 1 for their shared alignment south to the Saco city center.
When the Interstate system was first laid out, the Maine State Highway Commission assigned Route A-95 for I-195, Route B-95 for I-295 and Route C-95 for I-95. Designated I-195, the Saco Industrial Spur was included in the proposed urban Interstate numerology plans for Maine approved by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) on November 10, 1958.
Interstate 195 remained a proposed route until 1980, when construction finally broke ground on the freeway. The spur opened initially from Industrial Park Road (Exit 1) east to U.S. 1 (Exit 2) in 1982. This included the 0.87 mile long freeway extension (inventoried by MaineDOT as Route 5195S) east to Route 5 (Ocean Park Road). The remaining half mile link to the Maine Turnpike opened in 1983.2,3