Interstate 395 (Maine)

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Interstate 395 marker

Interstate 395
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length: 4.99 mi[1] (8.03 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑95 / US 2 / SR 15 / SR 100 in Bangor
  US 1A / US 202 / SR 9 in Bangor
East end: US 1A in Brewer
Highway system
State Routes in Maine

Interstate 395 (I-395) is a 4.99-mile-long (8.03 km) auxiliary Interstate Highway in the Bangor, area. The western terminus of the route is at a cloverleaf interchange with I-95 near downtown Bangor, where I-395 continues west as U.S. Route 2 (US 2) and State Route 100 (SR 100). The eastern terminus is at US 1A in Brewer, but there are studies underway about extending it through Holden to connect to SR 9.[2] In February 2008, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) suggested five possible routes to extend I-395 to SR 9, with two in particular designated as "State's Choice" and "Holden's Choice".[3] The state's choice route would cut through the middle of Holden and connect to SR 9 in East Eddington; Holden's choice would run along the Brewer–Holden border and join SR 9 earlier.

Veterans Remembrance Bridge carrying I-395 between Bangor and Brewer

Route description[edit]

I-395 primarily serves as a bypass of Bangor and Brewer for travelers wishing to access the Downeast/Bar Harbor region of Maine. As such, travelers exiting I-95 can easily access US 1A without having to traverse the business districts of Bangor and Brewer, and are less than 40 miles from Bar Harbor where I-395 terminates at US 1A.

I-395 begins at a cloverleaf intersection with I-95, and travels primarily east-west although not in a straight line. It has interchanges with US 202, Main Street in Bangor (which is US 1A), and then crosses the Penobscot River. It then has an interchange with S. Main Street in Brewer (ME 15), and then Parkway South (this interchange was the previous terminus of the highway until it was extended to US 1A later on). I-395 finally comes to an end at US 1A which is also known as Wilson Street. From there, travelers can choose to go east towards the coastal cities of Ellsworth and Bar Harbor, or west towards Brewer and downtown Bangor.

History[edit]


Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Penobscot County.

Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Bangor 0.0 0.0 US 2 / SR 100 – Hermon, Bangor International Airport
0.2 0.3 1 I‑95 / SR 15 north – Newport, Orono, Bangor International Airport Western end of SR 15 overlap; signed as exits 1A (south) and 1B (north)
0.9 1.4 2 US 202 west – Hampden Western end of US 202 overlap
1.7 2.7 3 US 1A / US 202 east / SR 9 (Main Street) / Farm Road – Downtown Bangor, Hampden East end of US 202 overlap; signed as exits 3A (west) and 3B (east) eastbound
Brewer 2.1 3.4 4 SR 15 south (South Main Street) to SR 9 east – Brewer
2.8 4.5 5 Industrial Park Road, Parkway South - Brewer
4.9 7.9 6A US 1A east to US 1 (Coastal Route) – Ellsworth, Bar Harbor Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
4.9 7.9 6B US 1A west – Downtown Brewer Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List: Table 2 - Interstate System". FHWA. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  2. ^ "I-395/Rt. 9 Connector Study". Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  3. ^ Ricker, Nok-Noi (February 21, 2008). "MDOT pitches 5 ideas for I-395-Route 9 link". Bangor Daily News. p. 1. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing