Interstate 295 Maine
Interstate 295 constitutes both an urban loop east from the Maine Turnpike through South Portland and Portland, and a through route connecting I-95 with Brunswick and U.S. 1 leading east to Down East Maine. Prior to January 5, 2004, I-295 consisted of just a 10.90 mile route through Portland, ending at the Maine Turnpike Falmouth Spur, which carried Interstate 95 east to its toll free section leading north to Gardiner. The state of Maine initiated a statewide renumbering of Interstates 95, 295 and 495 in an effort to reduce motorist confusion.
Interstate 95 was relocated westward from Falmouth to Gardiner to remain wholly along the Maine Turnpike to Gray and Lewiston. This replaced the previous designation of Interstate 495, which was reassigned as an unmarked route along the four mile long Falmouth Spur connecting the north end of Interstate 295 with the Maine Turnpike mainline north of Portland. Interstate 295 in turn was extended 41 miles north over the former free portion of I-95 to Yarmouth, Freeport and Brunswick. Resigning was completed n January 10, 2004.1
The original construction time line for Interstate 295, per the former MaineDOT "Maine's Interstate turns 50! web page:2
- 1960 – Tukey's Bridge completed (bridge was named for Lemuel Tukey, a tavern owner and toll collector for the Back Cove Bridge in the late 18th Century)
- 1961 – section from Falmouth Spur to Yarmouth opens
- 1971 – additional urban sections open through Portland
- 1973 – Interstate 295 through Brunswick and Topsham opens
- 1974 – Section from Scarborough to South Portland opens
- 1977 – Section from Topsham to Gardiner opens
North End – West Gardiner, ME
South End – Scarborough, ME
Mileage – 52.19 northbound/ 52.93 southbound
Cities – Portland, Yarmouth, Brunswick
- Junctions –
Source: MaineDOT Map Viewer
The December 31, 2017 FHWA Interstate Route Log and Finders List still references the pre-2004 mileage of 10.90.
The proposal to redesignated I-495 along the Maine Turnpike as Interstate 95, renumber the Falmouth Spur to unsigned I-495, and extend Interstate 295 north over former I-95 to Gardiner was approved by AASHTO on October 11, 2002.
A $12.2 million project from June to December 2010 repaved all of the southbound lanes for Interstate 295 from the Maine Turnpike spur in Falmouth south to the toll plaza at Scarborough. The project also included resurfacing 18 bridges and repairing them as needed and making safety improvements around the Franklin Street interchange (Exit 7). A coinciding $8.4 million project rebuilt the northbound lanes from the south Falmouth town line to Freeport. That work was completed by the end of October 2010.3
North End – West Gardiner, Maine
Historic Northern Terminus – Maine Turnpike Falmouth Spur – Falmouth, Maine
South End – Scarborough, Maine
- Interstate I-95 Redesignation & Re-numbering Information
http://www.state.me.us/mdot/maines-transportation-systems/I-95-redesignation.php, Maine Department of Transportation.
- Maine's Interstate System: An Investment in Safety, Mobility, and Prosperity
http://www.state.me.us/mdot/interstate/index.php,Maine Department of Transportation
- "DOT to start repairing I-295 in Portland area – Most commuters won’t be slowed down by the work, an official says." Portland Press Herald (ME), June 15, 2010.
Page updated January 23, 2019