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 Bethel 0.00 0.00 US 2 west Continues west into New Hampshire
12.1 19.5 SR 5 / SR 35 south (Lovers Lane) Southern terminus of US 2/SR 5 concurrency.
Northern terminus of SR 35.
12.2 19.6 SR 26 south (Railroad Street) Partial at-grade intersection/intersection.
Southern terminus of US 2/SR 5/26 concurrency.
Newry 18.3 29.5 SR 26 north (Bear River Road) Northern terminus of US 2/SR 5/26 concurrency.
Rumford 24.5 39.4 SR 5 north (Ellis River Road) Northern terminus of US 2/SR 5 concurrency.
25.0 40.2 SR 232 Northern terminus of SR 232.
34.5 55.5 SR 108 (Bridge Street) Western terminus of SR 108.
35.7 57.5 SR 120 (Hancock Street) Southern terminus of SR 120.
Mexico 36.2 58.3 SR 17 north (Roxbury Road) Western terminus of US 2/SR 17 concurrency.
Dixfield 40.8 65.7 SR 142 (Weld Street) Southern terminus of SR 142.
Franklin Wilton 52.7 84.8 SR 17 south (East Dixfield Road) Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 17 concurrency.
SR 4 south (Main Street) Southern terminus of US 2/SR 4 concurrency.
SR 156 (Depot Street)
Farmington SR 133 (Livermore Falls Road) Northern terminus of SR 133.
SR 43 south (Bridge Street) Western terminus of US 2/SR 4/43 concurrency.
SR 4 / SR 27 / SR 43 north (Main Street) Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 4/43 concurrency.
Western terminus of US 2/SR 27 concurrency.
SR 41 (Vienna Road) Northern terminus of SR 41. To SR 156.
New Sharon SR 134 north (Water Street)
SR 134 south (Cape Cod Hill Road)
SR 27 south (Belgrade Road) Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 27 concurrency.
Somerset Mercer SR 137 (Valley Road) Northern terminus of SR 137.
Norridgewock US 201A / SR 8 north (New Madison Road) Western terminus of US 2/201A concurrency.
SR 8 south (Smithfield Road)
SR 139 (Waterville Road)
Northern terminus of SR 139.
Skowhegan US 201 south (Waterville Road)
SR 104 (Fairview Avenue)
Northern terminus SR 104.
Southern terminus of US 201A.
US 201 north (Madison Avenue)
SR 150 (North Avenue) Southern terminus of SR 150.
Canaan SR 23 south (Hinckley Road)
SR 23 north (Hartland Road)
Palmyra SR 152 (Estes Avenue/Ell Hill Road)
Penobscot Newport SR 7 north / SR 11 / SR 100 south (Moosehead Trail) Western terminus of US 2/SR 7/100 concurrency.
To I‑95.
SR 7 south (Roussin Road) Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 7/100 concurrency.
US 2/SR 100 concurrency continues. To I‑95.
Etna SR 143 (Dixmont Road) To I‑95.
Carmel SR 69 (Plymouth Road/Hampden Road)
Bangor I‑95 / I‑395 / SR 15 I-95 Exits 182A-B, I-395 Exits 1A-B.
I‑95 / SR 15 I-95 Exit 183.
SR 222 (Union Street)
SR 100
US 202 (Main Street)
Eastern terminus of US 202. Northern terminus of SR 100.
To US 1A / SR 9.
Orono SR 16 (Bennoch Road) Eastern terminus of SR 16.
US 2A (College Avenue) Western terminus of US 2A.
To the University of Maine.
Old Town US 2A (Center Street)
SR 43 (North Main Street)
Eastern terminus of US 2A.
Northern terminus of SR 43.
Milford SR 178 (Bradley Road) Northern terminus of SR 178.
Enfield SR 6 west / SR 116 south / SR 155 (Bridge Street/Hammond Road) Western terminus of US 2/SR 6/116 concurrency.
To I‑95.
Lincoln SR 116 north (Penobscot Valley Avenue) Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 6/116 concurrency.
SR 155 (High Street) Northern terminus of SR 155.
SR 6 east (Lee Street) Eastern terminus of US 2/SR 6 concurrency.
Winn SR 168 (Winn Road) Northern terminus of SR 168.
Mattawamkeag SR 157 (Medway Road) Eastern terminus of SR 157.
Aroostook Macwahoc Plantation SR 170 (Kingman Road) Northern terminus of SR 170.
Sherman SR 158 (Woodbridge Corner Road) Eastern terminus of SR 158.
To I‑95.
Island Falls SR 159 Eastern terminus of SR 159.
To I‑95.
Smyrna SR 212 Eastern terminus of SR 212.
I‑95 I-95 Exit 291.
Houlton US 1 north (North Street) Northern terminus of US 1/2 concurrency.
US 2A (Bangor Street) Eastern terminus of US 2A.
US 1 south (Court Street) Southern terminus of US 1/2 concurrency.
273.64 440.38 I‑95 to Route 95 - 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]

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