Construction snarls traffic on I-295

Posted July 24, 2010, at 12:25 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — State police are urging motorists to seek alternate routes to northbound Interstate 295 between Portland and Yarmouth.

Police Sgt. Cathy Roope said traffic backed up for at least six miles between Exits 7 and 16 on Saturday due to lane closures from construction. She said some impatient drivers were making risky U-turns in the median rather than wait in traffic. She said construction will continue on the interstate through the weekend.