U.S. Route 2 in Maine

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 2 in Maine. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 2.

U.S. Route 2 marker

U.S. Route 2
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length: 273.64 mi[1] (440.38 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 2 at Shelburne, NH
  US 201 / US 201A in Skowhegan
SR 7 / SR 11 / SR 100 in Newport
I‑95 / I‑395 / SR 15 in Bangor
US 202 in Bangor
US 2A in Orono / Old Town
I‑95 in Smyrna
US 1 / US 2A in Houlton
East end: I‑95 in Houlton
Highway system

State Routes in Maine

US 1A US 2A
Route 14 N.E. Route 16

In the U.S. state of Maine, U.S. Route 2 is a principal east–west route through the central portion of the state, extending from the New Hampshire border to the town of Houlton near the Canadian border.

Route description[edit]

After crossing the New Hampshire state line in Gilead, Route 2 continues to follow the Androscoggin River, turning north in Bethel (Route 26 continues eastward from this turn). From there, the road crosses the river and turns north for a short while before turning eastward again, following the curving path of the river on the opposite bank until Dixfield, where it turns northeast, crossing from Oxford County, through southeastern Franklin County and into Somerset County. The road has a major junction with U.S. Route 201 in Skowhegan, continuing to Penobscot County and the town of Newport, where the road begins a loosely parallel path with Interstate 95, junctioning with the interstate just southeast of the Bangor International Airport in Bangor.

From Bangor, the road begins following the Penobscot River northward, passing through Orono, crossing the river just south of the main campus of the University of Maine on Marsh Island. In Old Town, the road crosses the river again, staying to the east bank of the river through Mattawamkeag, crossing the Mattawamkeag River, then heading northward through the rest of the county and into Aroostook County, heading due north from Macwahoc, eventually meeting up again with I-95 near Exit 286 in Oakfield, before crossing back at Exit 291 in Smyrna. From Smyrna, the road travels due east into Houlton, sharing a concurrency with U.S. Route 1 for just under half a mile, before heading east and terminating just north of Houlton International Airport at I-95 Exit 305, the last exit before it changes to Route 95.

History[edit]

The original path of the road near the Houlton Airport did not turn around what is now the north–south runway, instead going straight on what is now Old Woodstock Road, over the eventual path of the runway, and crossing Airport Road just south of the exit, meeting at the old U.S. Customs station, two hundred yards due south of the current one. The corresponding Canadian road also has closed, ending 0.4 miles (0.64 km) further from the border than it once did. The roadway paths are still visible on satellite imagery.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Oxford Gilead 0.00 0.00 US 2 west – Gorham Continues west into New Hampshire
2.2 3.5 SR 113 south – Evans Notch Northern terminus of SR 113
Bethel 11.8 19.0 SR 5 / SR 35 south (Lovers Lane) – Waterford Southern terminus of US 2/SR 5 concurrency
Northern terminus of SR 35
12.2 19.6 SR 26 south (Railroad Street) – Bethel, South Paris Partial at-grade intersection/intersection
Southern terminus of US 2/SR 5/26 concurrency
Newry 18.0 29.0 SR 26 north (Bear River Road) – Upton, Errol NH Northern terminus of US 2/SR 5/26 concurrency
Rumford 24.2 38.9 SR 5 north (Ellis River Road) – Andover, South Arm Northern terminus of US 2/SR 5 concurrency
24.8 39.9 SR 232 – Bryant Pond, South Paris Northern terminus of SR 232
34.3 55.2 SR 108 (Bridge Street) – Canton Western terminus of SR 108
35.1 56.5 SR 120 west (Hancock Street) – Andover Eastern terminus of SR 120
Mexico 35.5 57.1 SR 17 north (Roxbury Road) – Rangeley Western terminus of US 2/SR 17 concurrency
Dixfield 40.5 65.2 SR 142 (Weld Street) – Mount Blue State Park, Weld Southern terminus of SR 142
Franklin Wilton 52.4 84.3 SR 17 south (East Dixfield Road) to SR 4 south – North Jay Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 17 concurrency
57.2 92.1 SR 4 south (Main Street) – Livermore Falls, Jay Southern terminus of US 2/SR 4 concurrency
58.1 93.5 SR 156 (Depot Street) – Wilton, Weld
Farmington 62.1 99.9 SR 133 (Livermore Falls Road) – Livermore Falls Northern terminus of SR 133
64.9 104.4 SR 43 west (Bridge Street) – Temple Western terminus of US 2/SR 4/43 concurrency
65.0 104.6 SR 4 / SR 27 north / SR 43 east (Main Street) – Saddleback, Sugarloaf Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 4/43 concurrency
Western terminus of US 2/SR 27 concurrency
69.9 112.5 SR 41 south (Vienna Road) / SR 156 west – Mount Vernon, Farmington Falls Northern terminus of SR 41
Eastern terminus of SR 156
New Sharon 73.8 118.8 SR 134 north (Starks Road) – Starks Western terminus of US 2/SR 134 concurrency
74.0 119.1 SR 134 south (Cape Cod Hill Road) – Mount Vernon Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 134 concurrency
74.6 120.1 SR 27 south (Belgrade Road) – Belgrade Lakes, Augusta Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 27 concurrency
Somerset Mercer 81.3 130.8 SR 137 (Valley Road) – Smithfield Northern terminus of SR 137
Norridgewock 86.3 138.9 US 201A / SR 8 north (New Madison Road) – Madison Western terminus of US 2/201A/SR 8 concurrency
86.7 139.5 SR 8 south (Smithfield Road) – Smithfield
SR 139 (Waterville Road) – Fairfield
Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 8 concurrency
Northern terminus of SR 139
Skowhegan 91.7 147.6 US 201 south (Waterville Road) – Fairfield
SR 104 (Fairview Avenue) – Fairfield Center
Southern terminus of US 2/201 concurrency
Northern terminus of SR 104
Southern terminus of US 201A
92.0 148.1 US 201 north (Madison Avenue) Northern terminus of US 2/201 concurrency
92.2 148.4 SR 150 (North Avenue) – Guilford Southern terminus of SR 150
Canaan 100.4 161.6 SR 23 south (Hinckley Road) – Hinckley, Fairfield Western terminus of US 2/SR 23 concurrency
100.9 162.4 SR 23 north (Hartland Road) – Hartland Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 23 concurrency
Palmyra 109.4 176.1 SR 152 (Estes Avenue/Ell Hill Road) – Pittsfield, Hartland
112.1 180.4 SR 151 (Warren Hill Road) – Hartland, St. Albans Southern terminus of SR 151
Penobscot Newport 116.1 186.8 SR 7 north / SR 11 / SR 100 south (Moosehead Trail) to I‑95 – Pittsfield, Moosehead Lake Region, Dexter Western terminus of US 2/SR 7/100 concurrency
119.6 192.5 SR 7 south (Roussin Road) to I‑95 – Dixmont, Plymouth Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 7/100 concurrency
US 2/SR 100 concurrency continues
Etna 125.1 201.3 SR 143 (Dixmont Road) to I‑95 – Stetson, Dixmont Center
Carmel 128.4 206.6 SR 69 (Plymouth Road/Hampden Road) – Winterport, Plymouth, Pittsfield
Bangor 140.9 226.8 I‑95 / I‑395 / SR 15 to SR 9 – Bangor, Brewer, Orono, Newport I-95 Exits 182A-B, I-395 Exits 1A-B
Western terminus of I-395
142.0 228.5 I‑95 / SR 15 – Orono, Houlton, Newport, Augusta I-95 Exit 183
143.3 230.6 SR 222 (Union Street)
143.6 231.1 US 202 (Main Street)
SR 100
Eastern terminus of US 202
Northern terminus of SR 100
To US 1A / SR 9
Orono 151.4 243.7 SR 16 (Bennoch Road) – Lagrange, Milo Eastern terminus of SR 16
151.7 244.1 US 2A (College Avenue) Western terminus of US 2A
Old Town 155.6 250.4 US 2A (Center Street) – Stillwater
SR 43 (North Main Street) – Hudson, Penobscot Indian Reservation
Eastern terminus of US 2A
Northern terminus of SR 43
Milford 156.0 251.1 SR 178 (Bradley Road) – Eddington, Bradley Northern terminus of SR 178
Enfield 178.6 287.4 SR 6 west / SR 116 south / SR 155 (Bridge Street/Hammond Road) to I‑95 – Howland, Enfield Western terminus of US 2/SR 6/116 concurrency
Lincoln 188.8 303.8 SR 116 north (Penobscot Valley Avenue) to I‑95 Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 6/116 concurrency
190.4 306.4 SR 155 (High Street) – Enfield Northern terminus of SR 155
190.6 306.7 SR 6 east (Lee Road) – Topsfield Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 6 concurrency
Winn 201.4 324.1 SR 168 (Winn Road) – Lee Northern terminus of SR 168
Mattawamkeag 204.3 328.8 SR 157 (Medway Road) to I‑95 – Baxter State Park, Medway, Millinocket Eastern terminus of SR 157
Aroostook Macwahoc Plantation 213.5 343.6 SR 170 (Kingman Road) – Kingman Northern terminus of SR 170
213.8 344.1 US 2A (Military Road) – Haynesville, Houlton Western terminus of US 2A
Sherman 231.1 371.9 SR 158 (Woodbridge Corner Road) to I‑95 – Sherman Mills, Patten Eastern terminus of SR 158
Island Falls 242.2 389.8 SR 159 to I‑95 – Patten Eastern terminus of SR 159
Smyrna 252.8 406.8 SR 212 – Knowles Corner
Smyrna-Oakfield Road– To I‑95
Eastern terminus of SR 212
258.2 415.5 I‑95 – Houlton, Bangor I-95 Exit 291
Houlton 269.3 433.4 US 1 north (North Street) to I‑95 – Mars Hill Northern terminus of US 1/2 concurrency
269.5 433.7 US 2A (Bangor Street) – Bangor Eastern terminus of US 2A
269.7 434.0 US 1 south (Court Street) – Calais Southern terminus of US 1/2 concurrency
272.8 439.0 I‑95 – Bangor to Route 95 – Woodstock, Houlton–Woodstock Border Crossing I-95 Exit 305
Eastern terminus of US 2
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ "US Highway 2 (Maine)". Floodgap Roadgap. 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-18.