PORTLAND, Maine – Emergency repairs necessary to accurately charge E-ZPass tolls will require closing one of two toll lanes used by vehicles entering the Maine Turnpike for southbound travel at Exit 63 in Gray. Motorists could experience long delays and heavy congestion on nearby roads and are advised to seek alternate routes, especially between 6 and 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14, and possibly Monday, June 17.
Work is expected to begin at approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, with the contract calling for repairs to be done in five days, weather permitting. The Maine Turnpike Authority has scheduled the work to include the weekend to minimize impact on weekday commuters, and is expected to reopen the toll lane Monday, June 17.
The toll lane closure is necessary to repair damaged underground electronic vehicle sensors used to accurately calculate E-ZPass tolls in addition to concrete demolition, excavation and reinstallation.
Motorists can check MaineTurnpike.com, or call 800-675-PIKE (7453), in advance of the Monday, June 17, morning commute for more updated information and an estimated time of project completion. Similar updates will also be available by following the MTA on Facebook or Twitter.
There also will be a restriction for wide load vehicles over eight feet, six inches wide. They will be prevented from entering the Turnpike for southbound travel throughout the project.