U.S. Route 2 in Maine

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U.S. Route 2 marker

U.S. Route 2
Route of US 2 in Maine highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length: 273.64 mi[1] (440.38 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 2 at Shelburne, NH
 
East end: I‑95 in Houlton
Highway system
US 1A US 2A
Route 14 N.E. Route 16

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

Route description[edit]

After crossing the New Hampshire state line in Gilead, US 2 continues to follow the Androscoggin River, turning north in Bethel (State Route 26 (SR 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 US 201 in Skowhegan, continuing to Penobscot County and the town of Newport, where the road begins a loosely parallel path with Interstate 95 (I-95), interchanging 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 US 1 for just under one-half mile (0.80 km), 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[2] mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Oxford Gilead 0.00 0.00 US 2 west – Gorham Continuation from New Hampshire
2.22 3.57 SR 113 south – Evans Notch Northern terminus of SR 113
Bethel 11.87 19.10 SR 5 south / SR 35 south (Lovers Lane) – Waterford Western end of concurrency with SR 5; northern terminus of SR 35
12.20 19.63 SR 26 south – Bethel, South Paris Western end of concurrency with SR 26
12.77 20.55 Androscoggin River
Newry 17.99 28.95 Bear River
18.05 29.05 SR 26 north (Bear River Road) – Upton, Errol NH Eastern end of concurrency with SR 26
Rumford 24.24 39.01 SR 5 north (Ellis River Road) – Andover, South Arm Eastern end of concurrency with SR 5
24.81 39.93 SR 232 – Bryant Pond, South Paris Northern terminus of SR 232
34.39 55.35 SR 108 (Bridge Street) – Canton, Dixfield Western terminus of SR 108
35.21 56.67 SR 120 west (Hancock Street) – Andover Eastern terminus of SR 120
Mexico 35.66 57.39 SR 17 north – Rangeley, Scenic Highway Western end of concurrency with SR 17
Dixfield 40.61 65.36 SR 142 – Mount Blue State Park, Weld Southern terminus of SR 142
Franklin
No major junctions
Oxford
No major junctions
Franklin Wilton 52.61 84.67 SR 17 south to SR 4 south – North Jay Eastern end of concurrency with SR 17
57.40 92.38 SR 4 south – Livermore Falls, Jay, Auburn Western end of concurrency with SR 4
58.33 93.87 SR 156 (Depot Street) – Wilton, Weld
Farmington 62.32 100.29 SR 133 (Livermore Falls Road) – Livermore Falls Northern terminus of SR 133
65.10 104.77 SR 43 west (Bridge Street) – Temple Western end of concurrency with SR 43
65.25 105.01 SR 4 north / SR 27 north / SR 43 east (Main Street) – Saddleback, Sugarloaf, Rangeley Eastern end of concurrency with SR 4 / SR 43; western end of concurrency with SR 27
69.66 112.11 SR 41 south (Crosswell Road) to SR 156 – Mount Vernon, Farmington Falls Northern terminus of SR 41
New Sharon 74.03 119.14 SR 134 north (Starks Road) Western end of concurrency with SR 134
74.24 119.48 SR 134 south (Cape Cod Hill Road) – Mount Vernon Eastern end of concurrency with SR 134
74.83 120.43 SR 27 south (Mile Hill Road) – Belgrade Lakes, Augusta Eastern end of concurrency with SR 27
Somerset Mercer 81.52 131.19 SR 137 east (Valley Road) – Smithfield Western terminus of SR 137
Norridgewock 86.58 139.34 US 201A north / SR 8 north (Bridge Street) – Madison Western end of concurrency with US 201A / SR 8
86.96 139.95 SR 8 south (Mechanic Street) – Smithfield Southern end of concurrency with SR 8
86.98 139.98 SR 139 east (Waterville Road) – Waterville Western terminus of SR 139
Skowhegan 92.00 148.06 US 201A ends
US 201 south (Waterville Road) / SR 104 (Fairview Avenue) – Fairfield, Fairfield Center
Eastern end of concurrency with US 201A; western end of concurrency with US 201; northern terminus of SR 104
92.37 148.66 US 201 north Eastern end of concurrency with US 201
92.46 148.80 SR 150 (North Avenue) – Guilford, Athens Southern terminus of SR 150
Canaan 100.65 161.98 SR 23 south (Hinckley Road) – Hinckley, Fairfield Western end of concurrency with SR 23
101.14 162.77 SR 23 north (Hartland Road) – Hartland Eastern end of concurrency with SR 23
Palmyra 109.64 176.45 SR 152 (Estes Avenue) – Pittsfield, Hartland
112.32 180.76 SR 151 (Warren Hill Road) – Hartland, St. Albans Southern terminus of SR 151
Penobscot Newport 116.38 187.30 SR 7 north / SR 11 / SR 100 south (Moosehead Trail) to I‑95 – Pittsfield, Moosehead Lake Region, Dexter Western end of concurrency with SR 7 / SR 100; exit 157 on I-95
119.92 192.99 SR 7 south (Roussin Road) to I‑95 – Dixmont, Plymouth Eastern end of concurrency with SR 7; exit 161 on I-95
Etna 125.50 201.97 SR 143 (Dixmont Road / Lakins Road) to I‑95 – Dixmont Center, Stetson
Carmel 128.77 207.24 SR 69 to I‑95 north – Winterport
Bangor 141.32 227.43 I‑395 / I‑95 / SR 15 to SR 9 – Bangor, Brewer, Newport, Orono Western terminus of I-395; exit 182 on I-95
142.35–
142.51
229.09–
229.35
I‑95 / SR 15 – Newport, Augusta, Orono, Houlton Exit 183 on I-95
143.68 231.23 SR 222 Eastern terminus of SR 222
144.00 231.75 SR 100 ends / Main Street Eastern end of concurrency with SR 100; former eastern terminus of US 202
144.22 232.10
SR 15 Bus. (Broadway) to I‑95 / SR 9 – Brewer, Dover-Foxcroft
Orono 151.81 244.31 SR 16 west (Bennoch Road) – Lagrange, Milo Eastern terminus of SR 16
152.14 244.85 US 2A east (College Avenue) Western terminus of US 2A
Old Town 156.03 251.11 US 2A west / SR 43 west – Stillwater, Hudson, Penobscot Indian Reservation Eastern terminus of US 2A / SR 43
Milford 156.44 251.77 SR 178 – Eddington, Bradley Northern terminus of SR 178
Enfield 179.01 288.09 SR 6 west / SR 116 south / SR 155 (Hammett Road) – Enfield, Howland Western end of concurrency with SR 6 / SR 116
Lincoln 189.22 304.52 SR 116 north to I‑95 Eastern end of concurrency with SR 116
190.81 307.08 SR 155 – Enfield Northern terminus of SR 155
191.02 307.42 SR 6 east – Topsfield Eastern end of concurrency with SR 6
Winn 201.88 324.89 SR 168 south – Lee Northern terminus of SR 168
Mattawamkeag 204.58 329.24 Mattawamkeag River
204.77 329.55 SR 157 to I‑95 – Baxter State Park, Medway, Millinocket Eastern terminus of SR 157
Aroostook Macwahoc Plantation 214.02 344.43 SR 170 – Kingman Northern terminus of SR 170
214.33 344.93 US 2A east – Haynesville, Houlton Western terminus of US 2A
Sherman 231.67 372.84 SR 158 (Woodbridge Corner Road) to I‑95 – Sherman, Sherman Mills, Patten Eastern terminus of SR 158
Island Falls 242.75 390.67 SR 159 (Crystal Road) to I‑95 – Patten Eastern terminus of SR 159
Smyrna 253.32 407.68 SR 212
Smyrna-Oakfield Road to I‑95
Eastern terminus of SR 212
258.63–
258.85
416.22–
416.58
I‑95 – Bangor, Houlton Exit 291 on I-95
Houlton 269.76 434.14 US 1 north to I‑95 – Mars Hill Western end of concurrency with US 1
269.93 434.41 Meduxnekeag River
270.05 434.60 US 2A west (Military Street) – Bangor Eastern terminus of US 2A
270.12 434.72 US 1 south (Court Street) – Calais Eastern end of concurrency with US 1
273.21 439.69 I‑95 – Woodstock NB, Bangor Eastern terminus of US 2; exit 305 on I-95
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ "US Highway 2 (Maine)". Floodgap Roadgap. 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-18. [self-published source?]
  2. ^ a b "MaineDOT Public Map Viewer". Maine Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 


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