Starting today, the northbound lanes of I-295 between Topsham and Gardiner will be closed until the end of August. Commuters will be using alternate routes.
Northbound traffic will be routed on and off the newly rehabilitated southbound lanes via temporary crossovers. Southbound drivers can take Route 201 for local destinations or the Maine Turnpike/I-95 for Portland and points south. Commercial traffic is strongly encouraged to take the turnpike.
Consider carpooling or traveling during off-peak hours. During the summer, northbound peak travel times are Friday afternoons and evenings and regular weekday commuting hours. School buses will be still running on Route 201 next week and may cause delays.
Speed limits on Route 201 have been reduced along with speed limits on I-295.
Leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you, and pay close attention to changing traffic patterns. There will be significant law enforcement along both alternate routes.
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