Interstate 195 (Maine)
|Saco Industrial Spur|
|Maintained by MaineDOT|
|Length:||2.41 mi (3.88 km)|
|Existed:||1980 – present|
|West end:||I-95 in Saco|
|US 1 / SR 5 in Saco|
|East end:||SR 5 in Saco|
Interstate 195, also known as the Saco Industrial Spur, is a short auxiliary Interstate Highway running 2.41 miles (3.88 km) in eastern York County, Maine. The highway, located entirely in the city of Saco, is a nominally east–west route that provides access to Downtown Saco and the resort town of Old Orchard Beach from Interstate 95 (the Maine Turnpike). The western terminus of I-195 is at a trumpet interchange the Maine Turnpike in central Saco. The route has numbered interchanges with Industrial Park Road, U.S. Route 1, and Maine State Route 5 before terminating at an at-grade intersection with SR 5 near the border between Saco and Old Orchard Beach.
The origins of Interstate 195 date back to the 1950s, when a freeway linking Downtown Saco with the Maine Turnpike was planned as one of the state's original interstate highways. The road was built in the early 1980s to avoid congestion in downtown Saco from summer traffic to the beach. The western terminus with Interstate 95 has the remnants of an abandoned clover ramp, and the eastbound I-195 bridge is wide enough for two lanes and a shoulder, but only has one lane. These hinted at a possible future extension westward, but is less probable with the recent construction of a subdivision due west of the interchange.
Interstate 195 begins at a trumpet interchange with I-95 (Maine Turnpike) in Saco, a city in York County; the freeway is accessible from I-95 via Exit 36. After the interchange with I-95, I-195 begins to head in a southeastern direction. The freeway passes over an industrial branch of Pan-Am Railways just before a toll booth used for the closed toll collection system of the Maine Turnpike. After the toll barrier, I-195 enters the Saco Industrial Park and interchanges with Industrial Park Road, a local road that is used to access SR 112. The junction, signed as Exit 1, is a partial cloverleaf interchange.
After Exit 1, I-195 turns slightly to the south, passing through a densely forested region in eastern Saco. After turning again to head in a southeastern direction, I-195 interchanges with US 1 and SR 5 at a partial cloverleaf interchange signed as Exits 2A-B. Exit 2A serves US 1 south and SR 5 north, which run concurrently into Downtown Saco. Exit 2B serves US 1 north, locally known as the Blue Star Memorial Highway, which serves northern Saco and the town of Scarborough. There is no access to SR 5 south from I-195, and no access from either US 1 or SR 5 onto eastbound I-195.
After Exit 2B, I-195 continues eastward for another 0.83 miles (1.34 km) before terminating at an at-grade intersection with SR 5 on the border between Saco and the town of Old Orchard Beach. The mainline of I-195 east defaults onto SR 5 south, which heads in an eastern direction into Downtown Old Orchard Beach. There is no access from I-195 east to SR 5 north or from SR 5 south onto I-195 west.
The origins of Interstate 195 date back to the 1950s, when a freeway in Saco was planned as one of the state's original interstate highways, along with I-95 and I-295. Construction, however, was delayed for nearly three decades as the state finished construction projects on I-95, I-295, and the originally unsigned portion of the Maine Turnpike. In 1980, construction on I-195 began; the freeway was re-envisioned as a link to the Saco Industrial Park and the resort town of Old Orchard Beach, and was named the Saco Industrial Spur.
In 1982, two years after construction began, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) opened a 1.0 mile (1.6 km) segment of I-195 from the interchange with Industrial Park Road at Exit 1 to the interstate's eastern terminus at SR 5. Construction west of Industrial Park Road required the demolition of an existing partial cloverleaf interchange off the Maine Turnpike that connected to SR 112. The second segment of the freeway, which also included the construction of a new trumpet interchange with the Maine Turnpike and a toll barrier, opened in 1983. An estimated daily average of over 20,000 motorists utilized I-195 in 2005.
|0.00||0.00||I-95 (Maine Turnpike) – Kittery, Portland||Exit 36 (I-95)|
|0.37||0.60||Toll Plaza (westbound only) – Cars $1|
|0.55||0.89||1||To SR 112 / Industrial Park Road|
|1.56||2.51||2A–B||US 1 / SR 5 north (Main Street / Portland Road) – Saco||Western end of SR 5 northbound concurrency, no entrance to I-195 eastbound|
|2.41||3.88||SR 5 south (Ocean Park Road) – Old Orchard Beach||Eastern end of SR 5 northbound concurrency, at-grade intersection|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- "MaineDOT - Map Viewer". Maine Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
- Maine Street Atlas (1st ed.). American Map. 2007.
- Yahoo! Inc. "Overview map of Interstate 195 (Maine)". Yahoo! Maps (Map). Cartography by Navteq. http://maps.yahoo.com/#mvt=h&lat=43.507508&lon=-70.418026&zoom=18&q1=43.53149,-70.449064&q2=43.508353,-70.416138. Retrieved 2009-09-26.
- Maine's Interstate Highway System: An Investment in Safety, Mobility, and Prosperity. Maine Department of Transportation. 2006.
- "Traffic Volume Counts 2005 Annual Report" (pdf). Maine Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2009-08-26.[dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Interstate 195 (Maine).|
- I-195 History at Boston Roads.com (Steve Anderson)
- I-195 & I-95 Interchange (with hint at extension)