Maine State Route 161

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State Route 161 marker

State Route 161
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length: 83.03 mi[1] (133.62 km)
Existed: 1925 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 1A / SR 167 in Fort Fairfield
  SR 205 in Caribou
US 1 in Caribou
SR 164 in Caribou
SR 89 in Caribou
SR 228 in Caribou
SR 162 in Square Lake
US 1 in Fort Kent
SR 11 in Fort Kent
Route 161 in Clair, New Brunswick
North end: Frank Mack/Walker Brook Roads in Allagash
Counties: Aroostook
Highway system
SR 160 SR 162

State Route 161 (SR 161) is part of Maine's system of numbered state highways. It runs 83.03 miles (133.62 km) from Fort Fairfield to Allagash. It begins at an intersection with US Route 1A (US 1A) in Fort Fairfield, and deadends at the Saint John River west of Allagash.[1]

SR 161 runs through the communities of Fort Fairfield, Caribou, Woodland, Madawaska Lake, Stockholm, New Sweden, Cross Lake, New Canada, Fort Kent, St. John, St. Francis, and Allagash.

Most of the portion that runs through Caribou has been re-routed, thanks to a new bypass that was built recently. The bypass now carries 161, and the old portion that runs through downtown Caribou has been re-signed as 161B.

Route description[edit]


Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Aroostook County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
Fort Fairfield 0.00 0.00 US 1A north (Bridge Street) – Limestone, Van Buren
US 1A / SR 167 south (Presque Isle Street) – Presque Isle, Mars Hill
SR 167 north (Main Street) to Route 190 – Perth-Andover, NB
Southern terminus of SR 161
Caribou 10.1 16.3 SR 205 south (East Presque Isle Road) – Presque Isle Northern terminus of SR 205
10.4 16.7 US 1 (Van Buren Road) – Presque Isle, Van Buren
10.4 16.7 SR 164 north (Main Street) Southern terminus of SR 161/164 concurrency
11.2 18.0 SR 89 east (High Street) to US 1 – Limestone Western terminus of SR 89
11.5 18.5 SR 164 south (Washburn Street) – Washburn Northern terminus of SR 161/164 concurrency
12.3 19.8 SR 228 west (Woodland Road) – Woodland, Aroostook County, Perham Eastern terminus of SR 228
Square Lake 37.6 60.5 SR 162 north – Frenchville, Madawaska Southern terminus of SR 162
Fort Kent 54.1 87.1 US 1 south (East Main Street) – Frenchville, Madawaska Northern terminus of US 1/SR 161 concurrency
54.6 87.9 SR 11 south (Aroostook Road) – Wallagrass, Eagle Lake Northern terminus of SR 11
55.1 88.7 US 1 north (Clair-Fort Kent Bridge) to Route 161 / Route 205 – Clair, NB Northern terminus of US 1 at Canada–US border
Allagash 83.03 133.62 Frank Mack Road/Walker Brook Road Saint John River crossing
Northern terminus of SR 161
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Suffixed route[edit]

State Route 161B
Location: Caribou
Length: 3.6 mi (5.8 km)
Existed: 2014–present

State Route 161B runs from the US 1 and SR 161 intersection, runs concurrency with SR 164 for about 1 mile, and ends at SR 161. It was established in 2014, running over SR 161 old routing when SR 161 was moved to a new bypass around Caribou.