Building a Better Gateway

A modernization collaboration between Maine DOT and MTA

Attention: I-95 Exit Closures

MaineDOT, the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation are collaborating to make necessary improvements to the iconic Piscataqua River Bridge.
While there has been minimal disruption over the summer, we now need to close the following exits for safety reasons. 

Exit 7 – Northbound – Market Street in Portsmouth from 11/12/19 to 5/14/20
Exit 1 – Northbound – Kittery in Maine from 10/24/19 to 10/1/21

Maine’s continued rise in popularity as a destination for families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts has led to a rise in back-ups and traffic jams at the state’s southern gateway, a development that doesn’t benefit anyone. Maine Ahead will modernize two of Maine’s iconic entry points, the Piscataqua River Bridge, and the York Toll Plaza, alleviating the problem and providing a more welcoming entry to the state WITHOUT increasing toll prices. When Maine Ahead is finished, both commuters and visitors will breathe a sigh of relief when they crest the bridge and see Maine’s state line sign welcoming them home.

Latest Updates

Bridge Update – 10/21/19

The Southbound right lane on the Piscataqua River Bridge will be closed from 6am on Monday, October 21st through 2pm on Friday, October 25th. A Northbound lane will also be closed from the NH side of the bridge through mile marker 2, as well as the exit 7 entrance ramp, from 9pm through 7am each night through 10/25.

Additionally, we will be closing the Exit 1 off-ramp in Maine beginning on Thursday, October 24th. This ramp will remain closed for the duration of the project which is projected to be substantially complete in October of 2021.

Thank you for your patience!

Bridge Update – 10/15/19

LANE CLOSURE: A southbound lane on the Piscataqua River Bridge will be closed from 6am on Wednesday, October 16th through 2pm on Friday, October 18th. The Exit 7 entrance ramp to I-95 Northbound will also be closed on Wednesday Night (10/16) to layout pavement markings & barrier.

From 9pm through 7am, an I-95 northbound lane will also be closed from the NH side of the bridge through mile marker 2. These closures will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights (October 15th-18th) to install traffic signs and pavement markings. Thank you for your patience!

Bridge Project Update 8/2/2019

TRAFFIC UPDATE: During the week of August 4th,  crews will be closing one lane on I-95 from Mile 2 southbound across the Piscataqua River Bridge. The lane closure will be AT NIGHT ONLY (from 7 pm – 5 am) Monday through Thursday. Hydro demolition begins this week, which unfortunately is a noisy process. This will continue for two weeks.  After those two weeks, only regular construction noise is anticipated.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Bridge Project Update 6/13/19

The Exit 1 southbound on-ramp at Dennett Road in Kittery will be closed indefinitely beginning Tuesday, June 18th at 7 p.m. This is being done to accommodate the work on the Piscataqua River Bridge. In addition, the following lane closures will take place on the Piscataqua Bridge the week of June 17th. 

There will be lane closures Monday through Friday nights starting at 7 p.m. and going until 3:30 a.m. the following morning. The lane closures will be in the southbound lanes only. By 7 p.m., traffic may be restricted to two lanes and by 10 p.m., traffic could be restricted to one lane.

The contractor will be re-stripping the lanes from Exit 2 in Maine and across the bridge to the New Hampshire side. During these hours, the contractor will also be installing temporary concrete barriers to close the shoulder on the Maine approach to the bridge.

Bridge Project Update 6/17/19

We will begin setting up traffic control devices and adding temporary striping, with the assistance of the Maine and/or New Hampshire State Police

Plaza Project Update 12/17/19

Contractor Schedule: The contractor continues to install drilled shafts for the toll system and light poles inside the construction zone.  Crews placed the northbound ORT (Open Road Tolling) concrete slab recently and are preparing to place the southbound slab the week of December 23rd.  Inside the toll building, many trades are working on rough in plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems.  Concurrently, crews are building walls, installing insulation, and hanging sheetrock.  On the outside, the roofing contractor has been working on the soffit trim.  Reed & Reed is working on traffic control items in between storm events and cold temperatures.

Plaza Project Update 12/17/19

Plaza Project Update – 10/14/19

LANE CLOSURE: Beginning at 6PM on Tuesday, October 15, the York Toll Plaza construction zone at mile 10 on the mainline of the Turnpike will be down to two lanes of traffic in each direction. This traffic pattern will remain in effect for approximately one month while construction crews complete roadway widening and drainage work that will allow for three lanes of traffic during the second phase of the project. Thank you for your patience.

Plaza Update – 10/1/19

TRAFFIC ALERT: Beginning on Tuesday (10/1) through Thursday (10/3) we will be conducting blasting at the new York Toll Plaza. The blasting will occur up to 2 times per day between the hours of 10am and 2pm. During blasting, traffic will be stopped temporarily in both directions at Mile 7.5 Northbound and Mile 10 Southbound. The stoppage will be very short in duration, but please keep in mind that you may experience a brief delay if you’re traveling through this area during the potential blast hours.

Plaza Project Update – 8/20/19

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Beginning tonight (Tuesday, August 19th) northbound traffic at the York Toll Plaza project at Mile 8.8 will be shifted from its current location to the recently constructed outside lanes. While the switchover is taking place on Tuesday night, traffic will go down to one lane (after 11 PM). This will allow crews to switch the lane striping and relocate barrels and barriers. Once this work is complete (before the Wednesday AM commute), they will reopen traffic to all three lanes. Please note that these lanes will be narrowed from 12 feet to 11 feet and speeds will be reduced from 60 MPH to 50 MPH – please drive safely.

Plaza Project Update – 7/19/19

Toll Plaza Cash Lane Area
Paving northbound – looking at toll plaza cash lane area

Percent Complete last approved pay estimate: 22.75%

Contractor Schedule: Reed & Reed completed paving northbound for phase 1 and will begin paving southbound. They completed the closure pour between the tunnel sections and the building foundation. Over the next several weeks they will pave southbound, back fill the building, set the building first floor joists and column, install light pole foundations and street lighting conduit runs. They will also begin setting temporary concrete barrier northbound, loam side slopes in preparation to switch the northbound traffic into phase two mid-September.

Watch the progress!

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