Interstate 395 (Maine)

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Interstate 395 marker

Interstate 395
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length: 4.99 mi[1] (8.03 km)
Major junctions
West end: I‑95 / US 2 / SR 15 / SR 100 in Bangor
  US 1A / US 202 / SR 9 in Bangor
East end: US 1A in Brewer
Highway system
US 302 I‑495

Interstate 395 (I-395) is a 4.99-mile-long (8.03 km) auxiliary Interstate Highway in the Bangor, area. The western terminus of the route is at a cloverleaf interchange with I-95 near downtown Bangor, where I-395 continues west as U.S. Route 2 (US 2) and State Route 100 (SR 100). The eastern terminus is at US 1A in Brewer.

Veterans Remembrance Bridge carrying I-395 between Bangor and Brewer
I-395 offers a wide view of downtown Bangor from Veterans Remembrance Bridge

Route description[edit]

I-395 primarily serves as a bypass of Bangor and Brewer for travelers wishing to access the Downeast/Bar Harbor region of Maine. As such, travelers exiting I-95 can easily access US 1A without having to traverse the business districts of Bangor and Brewer, and are less than 40 miles from Bar Harbor where I-395 terminates at US 1A.

I-395 begins at a cloverleaf intersection with I-95, and travels primarily east-west although not in a straight line. It has interchanges with US 202, Main Street in Bangor (which is US 1A), and then crosses the Penobscot River. It then has an interchange with S. Main Street in Brewer (ME 15), and then Parkway South (this interchange was the previous terminus of the highway until it was extended to US 1A later on). I-395 finally comes to an end at US 1A which is also known as Wilson Street. From there, travelers can choose to go east towards the coastal cities of Ellsworth and Bar Harbor, or west towards Brewer and downtown Bangor.

Extension[edit]

There are studies underway about extending I-395 to connect to SR 9.[2] In February 2008, the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) suggested five possible routes to extend I-395 to SR 9, with two in particular designated as "State's Choice" and "Holden's Choice".[3] The state's choice route would cut through the middle of Holden and connect to SR 9 in East Eddington; Holden's choice would run along the Brewer–Holden border and join SR 9 earlier. Since then, the state has eliminated the "State's Choice" route and only supports the "Holden's Choice" route, designated 2B-2. All three affected communities issued resolutions in 2014 opposing this route.[4]

Exit list[edit]

The entire route is in Penobscot County. [5]

Location[5] mi[5] km Exit Destinations Notes
Bangor 0.00 0.00 US 2 / SR 100 – Hermon, Airport At-grade intersection
0.22 0.35 1A I‑95 south – Newport
1B I‑95 north / SR 15 north – Orono, Airport Airport only appears on westbound signage; western end of concurrency with SR 15
0.92 1.48 2 US 202 west – Hampden Western end of concurrency with US 202
1.67 2.69 3 US 1A / US 202 east / SR 9 (Main Street) / Farm Road – Downtown Bangor, Hampden Signed as Exits 3A (west) and 3B (east) eastbound; Farm Road only appears on eastbound signage; eastern end of concurrency with US 202
BangorBrewer line 1.91 3.07 Veterans' Remembrance Bridge over the Penobscot River
Brewer 2.05 3.30 4
SR 15 south / SR 15 Bus. (South Main Street) to SR 9 east – Brewer
SR 15 Bus. only appears on westbound signage
2.76 4.44 5 Industrial Park Road / Parkway South - Brewer Industrial Park Road only appears on westbound signage
4.74 7.63 6A US 1A east to US 1 (Coastal Route) – Ellsworth, Bar Harbor
US 1A west – Downtown Brewer
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Log and Finder List: Table 2 - Interstate System". FHWA. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  2. ^ "I-395/Rt. 9 Connector Study". Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  3. ^ Ricker, Nok-Noi (February 21, 2008). "MDOT pitches 5 ideas for I-395-Route 9 link". Bangor Daily News. p. 1. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  4. ^ Gagnon, Dawn; Ricker, Nok-Noi (September 23, 2014). "US Fish, Wildlife Service issues report on proposed I-395-Route 9 connector". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  5. ^ a b "MaineDOT Public Map Viewer". Maine Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 8, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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