York Toll Plaza

Making Travel More Efficient for Maine

Constructed in the 1960s as a temporary barrier plaza for vehicles to take tickets and pay tolls, the York Toll Plaza located at mile 7.3 is being replaced and the old structure removed. The new toll plaza will be moved to mile 8.8 and feature a new electronic highway speed E-ZPass lanes, allowing vehicles to travel without stopping and making travel more efficient.

The Maine Turnpike Association is managing the project, which began in November 2018. The anticipated completion date is June 2021.

Latest Updates

York Toll Plaza

Plaza Project Update 5/17/19

Contractor: Reed & Reed, Inc.
Bid Amount: $39,484,431
Percent Complete last approved pay estimate: 14%
Project Schedule: Completion date June 21, 2021
Contractor Schedule: Reed & Reed set the first give pieces of the pre-cast tunnel on the north-bound side. They are preparing to start foundation work for the toll building and are working on sign foundations on the northern end of the project. RJ Grondin continues to process blasted ledge for gravel and is placing type A gravel in anticipation of final grading and base paving in many locations. They continue to install conduit along the access roadway prior to the utility connections. RJ Grondin continues to install pipe extensions in several locations as they widen slopes along the project.

Plaza Project Update 4/22/2019

Contractor removing blasted ledge from the NB plaza approach

 

Contractor:    Reed & Reed, Inc.

Bid Amount: $ 39,484,431

Percent Complete last approved pay estimate:     11%

Project Schedule: Completion date June 21, 2021.

Project Update: Reed & Reed has completed blasting for the widening areas, the tunnel, and the toll building.  RJ Grondin continues to process blasted ledge for gravel to be used on site.  Pre-cast tunnel sections will be arriving by the end of April.  Contractor plans to install the tunnel sections as soon as they arrive on site.

Project Plaza Update 3/26/19

Rock drill rig

 

Contractor:    Reed & Reed, Inc.

Bid Amount: $ 39,484,431

Percent Complete last approved pay estimate:     11%

Project Schedule: Completion date June 21, 2021.

Contractor Schedule: Reed & Reed continues to blast ledge; they are expecting to be done with the production blasting by the end of April. They will continue with some spot blasting into May. RJ Grondin, earth subcontractor, continues to excavate and backfill gravel on the shoulders. Over the next several weeks, they will continue shaping the access road, install underground utilities, blasting and gravel work.

Plaza Project Update 2/19/19

Box cutting shoulder and back filling with gravel

 

Contractor:    Reed & Reed, Inc.

Bid Amount: $ 39,484,431

Percent Complete last approved pay estimate:     6%                       

Project Schedule: Completion date June 21, 2021. 

Contractor Schedule: Reed & Reed completed installation of the relocated water line. They continue to blast ledge, crush the rock into gravel and boxcut the shoulder and install gravel. This work will continue for the next few months.

Plaza Project Update 1/17/2019

Installing waterline

 

Contractor:    Reed & Reed, Inc.

Bid Amount: $ 39,484,431

Percent Complete last approved pay estimate:     4.6%

Project Schedule: Completion date June 21, 2021.

Project Update: Reed & Reed completed blasting ledge on the access road and began crushing rock to make gravel for the project. Blasting will continue, adjacent to the mainline, for the next couple of months. They are planning to perform two blasts a day between 9am and 2pm. They are scheduled to have the waterline relocated for the York Water District before February. Reed and Reed’s subcontractor, RJ Grondin and Son has been busy box cutting shoulder gravel; they have approximately 24 trucks on site.

Plaza Project Update 12/14/2018

Access Road looking toward Turnpike from Chases Pond Road

 

Contractor:    Reed & Reed, Inc.

Bid Amount: $ 39,484,431

Percent Complete last approved pay estimate:     0%

Project Schedule: Completion date June 21, 2021.

Project Update: Reed & Reed has been blasting ledge for the new relocation of the water line for the York Water District. They plan to begin blasting ledge for the new access road from Chases Pond Road to the toll administration building the week of 16th, this blasting will not require any turnpike stops until they are within 300 feet of the highway. The clearing operation is completed. Reed & Reed will begin constructing the new embankments for the new cash lanes.

Plaza Project Update 11/9/2018

Top of the knoll will be the future toll plaza

 

Contractor:    Reed & Reed, Inc.

Bid Amount: $ 39,484,431

Percent Complete last approved pay estimate:     0%

Project Schedule: Completion date June 21, 2021.

Project Update: Reed & Reed has mobilized on site and began flagging clearing limits. Over the next several weeks, they are planning to clear the access road between the turnpike and Chases Pond Road, new waterline relocation and adjacent to the turnpike. They will remove the stumps and soil over the ledge. They are currently planning to begin blasting ledge the beginning of December and it is expected to continue until March.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this project funded?

The project is completely funded through revenue from tolls. The York Toll Plaza generates 

$56 million in tolls each year. It is the toll plaza in the state that generates the most revenue.

How much will this project cost?

The estimated total cost of this infrastructure project is $39 million.

How long will this project take?

Initial work began in November 2018. The anticipated completion date is June 2021.

Who is the contractor?

The contractor for the York Toll Plaza replacement project is Reed & Reed, Inc. based in Woolwich, Maine.  The contractor was selected in October 2018, following a competitive bid process. A contractor for the removal of the old toll plaza has not yet been selected.

How will the project be phased?

During the entire project there will ONLY be 42 days when there will be less than 3 lanes open.

  • Phase 1:  In the fall of 2019, traffic will remain in the existing northbound and southbound lanes with reduced outside shoulder widths. Northbound and southbound lanes on the outside of the existing lanes will be constructed at the new site of the toll plaza.
  • Phase 2:  Traffic will be shifted from existing northbound and southbound lanes to the newly constructed outside lanes to allow work on the middle of the project.
  • Phase 3:  The three travel lanes will be shifted from the outside lanes to the three center lanes and Open Road Tolling (ORT), but ORT lanes will not be operational to collect tolls.

What is happening?

The York Toll Plaza is being replaced and the old structure is being removed. The new toll plaza will be located at mile 8.8 (instead of mile 7.3) and feature the addition of new electronic highway-speed EZ- Pass lanes (six – three in each direction), allowing motorists to travel without stopping and making travel more efficient. Additional facts pertaining to York Toll Plaza Replacement Project:

  • 17 acres of clearing.
  • 47,000 cubic yards of rock excavation.
  • 140, 000 cubic yards of gravel.
  • 80,000 tons of asphalt.
  • 300-foot-long tunnel being built under the roadway.
  • Rebuilding 1.5 miles of interstate.

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