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CMP project to affect traffic on Maine Turnpike/Interstate 95

Posted March 03, 2014, at 11:42 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Construction crews will install new transmission lines across the Maine Turnpike/Interstate 95 in Farmingdale, near mile 105, from Monday, March 3, through Thursday, March 6 for Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA.

This project, part of the utility’s Maine Power Reliability Program, will affect traffic in both directions, according to the CMP press release.

The work will require disruption of traffic for 20-minute intervals between  10 p.m. and 4 a.m. each night. CMP has been coordinating the work with the Maine Turnpike Authority and Maine State Police. State troopers and other personnel will be on site each night to oversee public safety. Message boards will be in place to inform approaching travelers of closures, and radio broadcasts on 1610 AM will be used to inform drivers. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes if possible.

“Traffic needs to be stopped in both directions in order for this work to be done safely,” said Gail Rice, CMP spokeswoman, in the press release. “We have scheduled this work for the overnight hours to minimize disruption, and appreciate motorists’ patience and flexibility.”

The MPRP will ensure the long-term reliability of CMP’s bulk power system. The project includes the construction of four new 345-kilovolt substations, one new 115 kV substation, and related facilities linked by approximately 440 miles of new transmission lines, according to the press release. The new facilities will reinforce the backbone of the company’s 40-year-old bulk power system and improve reliability.

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