Maine State Route 15

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State Route 15 marker

State Route 15
Route of SR 15 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length: 180.5 mi[1] (290.5 km)
Existed: 1925 – present
Major junctions
South end: Main Street / West Main Street / School Street in Stonington
 
North end: US 201 / SR 6 in Jackman
Location
Counties: Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset
Highway system
SR 11A SR 16
SR 172 MA Route 172A.svg SR 173

State Route 15 (SR 15) is a numbered state highway in Maine, United States. SR 15 runs over 180 miles (290 km) from Stonington in the south to Jackman in the north.

Route description[edit]

SR 15 begins in the town of Stonington, at the intersection of Main Street, School Street, and West Main Street. The route proceeds north out of Stonington and through Deer Isle en route to the mainland of Maine. Upon leaving the islands to the south, SR 15 meets SR 175 and forms an approximately 2-mile (3.2 km) concurrency with it. SR 15 then splits off 175 and then joins SR 176 farther to the north. The two routes continue into Blue Hill, where SR 15 turns northward, while 176 goes to the east. Continuing north, Route 15 meets SR 199 in North Penobscot. Upon reaching Orland, SR 15 meets U.S. Route 1 (US 1) and SR 3, and joins the concurrency northbound. The road sees the ends of Routes 166 and 46 before reaching the town of Bucksport. Upon reaching the town, US 1 and SR 3 split off and SR 15 turns northward towards Bangor.

SR 15 continues towards Bangor, straddling the east side of the Penobscot River, along with US-1 to the west. SR 15 enters Brewer and follows South Main Street to an interchange with Interstate 395 (I-395) at exit 4. SR 15 joins I-395 westbound and runs concurrent with the Interstate (also with US 202 between exits 3 and 2) to its terminus, where SR 15 then takes exit 1B to join I-95 northbound for approximately 3 miles (4.8 km). SR 15 leaves I-95 via exit 185 and joins Broadway heading north out of the city. SR 15 meets SR 221 at Six Mile Falls before entering Corinth. The route intersects with SR 11 and SR 43 in Dover-Foxcroft, forming a 2-mile (3.2 km) concurrency with SR 11.

SR 15 continues to the northwest, intersecting with SR 6 and SR 16, forming a lengthy concurrency. The three routes proceed due west through Guilford, intersecting SR 23 and SR 150, and then turning to the north in Abbot Village, where SR 16 splits off to the west. Routes 6 and 15 remain concurrent for the better part of about 60 miles (97 km), traveling north to Moosehead Lake, and turning west to the small town of Jackman. Routes 6 and 15 finally come to an intersection with US 201, approximately 12 miles (19 km) from the Canadian border. SR 15 ends at this intersection, while SR 6 joins US 201 en route to the Canadian border.

Local names[edit]

Within the towns connected by State Route 15, the highway also is known by various local names:

History[edit]

When originally designated in 1926, SR 15 ran between Ellsworth and Greenville Junction. Between 1933 and 1934, it was extended north to Rockwood, and again, in 1940, to its current terminus in Jackman.

In 1946, the route was truncated to Blue Hill, but, in 1963, it was extended south to its current terminus in Stonington.

In 2004, SR 15 in Bangor was removed from downtown and routed along I-395 and I-95.[1] The old alignment through downtown became SR 15 Business (see below).

Major intersections[edit]

County Location[2] mi[3] km Destinations Notes
Hancock Stonington 0.0 0.0 School Street Southern terminus of SR 15
Eggemoggin Reach 11.5–
12.0
18.5–
19.3
Deer Isle Bridge
Sedgwick 13.8 22.2 SR 175 south (Reach Road) Begin SR 175 concurrency
16.0 25.7 SR 175 north (Coastal Road) End SR 175 concurrency
18.9 30.4 SR 176 west (Southern Bay Road) Begin SR 176 concurrency
Blue Hill 23.0 37.0 SR 175 north (South Street) Southern terminus of SR 175
23.6 38.0 SR 177 west (Union Street) Eastern terminus of SR 177
23.7 38.1 SR 176 east End SR 176 concurrency
Penobscot 32.4 52.1 SR 199 south (N Penobscot Road) Northern terminus of SR 199
Orland 36.1 58.1 US 1 north / SR 3 east (Acadia Highway) Begin US 1/SR 3 concurrency
38.7 62.3 SR 175 south (Castine Road) Northern terminus of SR 175
Bucksport 39.4 63.4 SR 46 north (Duck Cove Road) Southern terminus of SR 46
40.5 65.2 US 1 south / SR 3 west (Acadia Highway) End US 1/SR 3 concurrency
Penobscot Brewer 57.9 93.2
I‑395 east / SR 15 Bus. north (Main Street)
Begin I-395 concurrency; southern terminus of SR 15B; exit 4 (I-395)
Bangor 58.8 94.6 US 1A / SR 9 Exit 3B
59.5 95.8 US 202 south Northern terminus of US 202; exit 3A
60.0 96.6 I‑95 south Western terminus of I-395; Begin I-95 concurrency, exit 182A (I-95); exit 1 (I-395)
60.9 98.0 US 2 / SR 100 Exit 183
61.7 99.3 SR 222 Exit 184
63.3 101.9
I‑95 north / SR 15 Bus. south (Broadway)
Exit 185 (I-95); end I-95 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 15B
67.3 108.3 SR 221 north (Hudson Road) Southern terminus of SR 221
Corinth 81.7 131.5 SR 11 south (Exeter Road) / SR 43 (Hudson Road) Begin SR 11 concurrency
Charleston 83.4 134.2 SR 11 north (Main Road) End SR 11 concurrency
Piscataquis Dover-Foxcroft 98.3 158.2 SR 7 south (South Street) Northern terminus of SR 7
98.5 158.5 SR 6 / SR 16 east Begin SR 6/SR 16 concurrency
Guilford 105.1 169.1 SR 23 south (Bridge Street) Northern terminus of SR 23
106.2 170.9 SR 150 north (Blaine Avenue) Begin SR 150 concurrency
106.5 171.4 SR 150 south (Main Street) End SR 150 concurrency
Abbot 110.3 177.5 SR 16 west (West Road) End SR 16 concurrency
Somerset Jackman 180.5 290.5 US 201 / SR 6 west Northern terminus of SR 15; End SR 6 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary route[edit]


State Route 15 Business
Location: BrewerBangor
Length: 2.8 mi[4] (4.5 km)
Existed: 2004–present

State Route 15 Business (abbreviated SR 15 Bus. or SR 15B) is a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) business route of SR 15. Its southern terminus is at I-395 and SR 15 in Brewer. Its northern terminus is at I-95 and SR 15 in Bangor.

SR 15 Business was designated in 2004 after SR 15 was removed from its surface alignment in downtown Bangor and Brewer, instead being routed along I-395 and I-95 to bypass the downtown areas.

Junction list

The entire route is in Penobscot County. [2]

Location[2] mi[4] km Destinations Notes
Brewer 0.0 0.0 I‑395 / SR 15 Southern terminus of SR 15B
0.8 1.3 US 1A / SR 9 west Begin SR 9 concurrency
1.0 1.6 SR 9 east (Main Street) End SR 9 concurrency
Bangor 1.6 2.6 US 2 (State Street)
2.8 4.5 I‑95 / SR 15 Northern terminus of SR 15B
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Kaiser, Cameron (2010). "Maine State Route 15". Floodgap Roadgap's RoadsAroundME. Retrieved 30 December 2014. [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b MaineDOT - Map Viewer (Map). MaineDOT. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Google (30 December 2014). "Overview map of SR 15" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Google (30 December 2014). "Overview map of SR 15 Bus." (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 30 December 2014.