Interstate 295 (Maine)

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Interstate 295 marker

Interstate 295
Richard A. Coleman Highway
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length: 53.11 mi[1] (85.47 km)
Existed: 1960 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑95 / Maine Turnpike in Scarborough
North end: I‑95 / Maine Turnpike in West Gardiner
Highway system
SR 238 US 302
Northbound in Portland, Maine

Interstate 295 (I-295) is a 53.11-mile (85.47 km)-long auxiliary route in the U.S. state of Maine from I-95 in Scarborough to I-95 in West Gardiner. The highway was designated the Richard A. Coleman Highway in 2015 by the Maine Legislature.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 295 branches off from exit 44 of Interstate 95 (Maine Turnpike) providing access to downtown Portland, Maine, and then generally follows the Atlantic coast and Kennebec River until it merges back into I-95 in West Gardiner 52 miles (84 km) to the north at exit 103.

I-295's first exit is in South Portland, giving access to the Maine Mall (southbound) and U.S. 1 in South Portland and Scarborough (northbound); its last exit is Exit 51 (formerly Exit 28), which gives access to Gardiner. The route starts at Exit 44 (formerly Exit 6A) of I-95, and it has toll plazas just before its own Exit 1, and between Exit 51 and its northern terminus at I-95.

In 2015, the Maine Legislature unanimously voted to name the highway's entire length for Richard A. Coleman, a Maine Department of Transportation employee since 1956, who has been involved with many Maine transportation projects. He was involved in projects ranging from Maine's interstates to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory. Coleman declined comment on the naming, only telling the Kennebec Journal that while the naming is humbling, he found it uncomfortable. Maine Sen. Roger Katz, the sponsor of the bill, said "Very few people have heard of Dick Coleman, but as he drives around the state, he must feel a great deal of pride looking at his decades of work." [2]


1960 to 2004[edit]

From its inception in 1960 to 2004, I-295 was an 11.02-mile (17.73 km) long route branching off the Maine Turnpike/I-95 to pass through downtown Portland. Four miles north of Portland the through freeway became I-95 at the junction with the Falmouth Spur, a connector carrying I-95 westward to the Maine Turnpike (I-95 and I-495(Former) at its Exit 9.

2004 extension[edit]

In 2004, to clear up confusion, I-95 was re-designated to continue along the Maine Turnpike for its entire length. I-295 was extended past the Falmouth Spur as a redesignation of I-95, to where it merges back into the Turnpike in West Gardiner 42 miles (68 km) to the north. The 4-mile (6.4 km) long Falmouth Spur officially became I-495 but was left unsigned.[3]

At the same time, the exits were re-numbered; previously they had been numbered more or less sequentially from south to north—there were skipped numbers, for example, there was no Exit 23. After the changes the exits re-numbered to mile-log in relation to the Scarborough junction, except for the exits in Portland and South Portland, which remained the same. Exits on Maine's I-95 were similarly re-numbered based on mileage.

Speed limits[edit]

The speed limit on Interstate 295 on the section past Tukey's Bridge to mile 51 in Gardiner was raised from 65 to 70 mph (105 to 115 km/h) on May 27, 2014. This occurred as the result of a new law passed in 2013 by the Maine Legislature allowing the Maine Department of Transportation to unilaterally set speed limits on Interstate highways with the approval of the Maine State Police, instead of appealing to the Legislature. [4] The speed limit was reverted from 70 to 65 mph (115 to 105 km/h) for a length of 22 miles (35 km) from the section past Tukey's Bridge to Topsham on March 27, 2017. [5]

Exit list[edit]

County Location[6] mi[6] km Old exit New exit Destinations Notes
Cumberland Scarborough 0.00 0.00 I‑95 south (Maine Turnpike) – Kittery Exit 44 on Maine Turnpike
0.55 0.89 Toll plaza
South Portland 1.26 2.03 1 To US 1 – South Portland Northbound signage; northbound exit only
To I‑95 (Maine Turnpike) / Maine Mall Road Southbound signage; southbound exit and northbound entrance
1.99 3.20 2 To US 1 south (Scarborough Connector) – Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach Southbound exit and northbound entrance
2.16 3.48 3 SR 9 (Westbrook Street) – Jetport Southbound exit and northbound entrance
3.19 5.13 4 Casco Bay Drive – Portland Waterfront Northbound signage; US 1 removed from Casco Bay Drive in May 2007
US 1 south (Main Street) Southbound signage; southern end of concurrency with US 1
South PortlandPortland line 3.70 5.95 Fore River
Portland 4.46 7.18 5 SR 22 / US 1A (Congress Street) Signed as Exits 5A (east) and 5B (west) southbound
5.35 8.61 6A SR 100 south (Forest Avenue) US 1 removed from Forest Avenue in May 2007
6B SR 100 north (Forest Avenue) / US 302 west
5.89 9.48 7 US 1A (Franklin Street)
6.57 10.57 8 SR 26 south (Washington Avenue) Southbound signage; southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern end of concurrency with SR 26
6.73 10.83 8 SR 26 north (Washington Avenue) Northbound signage; northbound exit and southbound entrance; northern end of concurrency with SR 26
6.97 11.22 9 US 1 south / SR 26 north (Washington Avenue) / Baxter Boulevard Southbound signage; southbound exit and northbound entrance; US 1 removed from Baxter Boulevard in May 2007
7.12 11.46 9 US 1 north – Falmouth Foreside Northbound signage; northbound exit and southbound entrance; northern end of concurrency with US 1
Falmouth 9.45 15.21 Ryan Quirion Guthrie Bridge over the Presumpscot River
10.62 17.09 10 To I‑95 (Maine Turnpike) / US 1 / SR 9 / Bucknam Road – Falmouth, Cumberland I-95 and Cumberland only appear on northbound signage
11.00 17.70 15 11 I‑95 (Maine Turnpike) – New Hampshire, Massachusetts Southbound exit and northbound entrance; former northern terminus; access via Falmouth Spur (formerly I-95)
Yarmouth 15.24 24.53 16 15 US 1 – Yarmouth, Cumberland Northbound entrance added August 2013
16.35 26.31 Royal River
17.24 27.75 17 US 1 – Yarmouth, Freeport Freeport only appears on northbound signage
YarmouthFreeport line 17.98 28.94 Cousins River
Freeport 20.65 33.23 19 20 To US 1 / Desert Road – Freeport US 1 only appears on southbound signage
22.25 35.81 20 22 SR 125 (Mallet Drive) / SR 136 – Freeport, Durham
23.70 38.14 21 24 US 1 – Freeport Northbound exit and entrance
Brunswick 28.38 45.67 22 28 US 1 (Coastal Route) – Brunswick, Bath
county line
BrunswickTopsham line 30.02 48.31 Androscoggin River
Sagadahoc Topsham 31.04 49.95 24A 31A SR 196 east – Topsham, Brunswick Signed as Exit 31 northbound; Brunswick and Lewiston only appear on southbound signage; access to Bates College
24B 31B SR 196 west (Lewiston Road) – Lisbon, Lewiston
Bowdoinham 37.10 59.71 25 37 SR 125 / SR 138 – Bowdoinham, Bowdoin
Richmond 43.47 69.96 26 43 SR 197 – Richmond, Litchfield
Kennebec Gardiner 49.29 79.32 27 49 US 201 – Gardiner
GardinerWest Gardiner line 50.29 80.93 Cobbosseecontee Stream
West Gardiner 51.48 82.85 28 51 SR 9 / SR 126 – Litchfield, Gardiner
51.70 83.20 Toll plaza
52.27 84.12 I‑95 north (Maine Turnpike) – Augusta, Waterville Exit 103 on Maine Turnpike
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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