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FALMOUTH, Maine — Construction at a busy Maine Turnpike interchange will force motorists to find an alternate route to Interstate 295.
A project repairing the Exit 52 bridge, which connects Interstate 95 with I-295 by way of the Falmouth Spur, will close the southbound off-ramp for traffic exiting the turnpike beginning on Wednesday, March 20.
The ramp will be closed for approximately three weeks while crews get started on the $3.5 million project, which will include partial replacement of the bridge deck, replacing the railings, raising the bridge height, concrete substructure modifications, repairs and approach work.
The bridge was built in 1954, and the project will not affect the northbound on- or off-ramps. Nearly all of the turnpike’s 176 bridges were built between 1947 and 1956.
Both the southbound on- and off-ramps will be closed for a week in late May or early June, while the southbound off-ramp will be shut down again from late May or early June through November 2013, when major construction activities are expected to conclude.
Commuters who use the southbound off-ramp to access I-295 should use Exits 48, 45 and 53 as alternate routes. The project is scheduled to be completed in June 2014.