Maine highway to reopen Monday

Posted Aug. 01, 2009, at 3:31 p.m.

RICHMOND, Maine — A 17-mile section of Interstate 295 in southern Maine that was closed for reconstruction is reopening to traffic on Monday.

The northbound lanes between Gardiner and Topsham have been repaved. With the work done, the northbound and southbound lanes are reopening. The contractor, Pike Industries, finished three weeks ahead of schedule.

Southbound traffic has been rerouted from the highway to U.S. Route 201 since mid-June when the $35.3 million project got under way. The projected was funded with federal stimulus money.

State Transportation Commissioner David Cole told the Kennebec Journal in Augusta that the entire highway’s got new guardrail and the road’s good for another 20 years.

The southbound lanes were redone last year.

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