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Interstate 95 North - Bangor to Houlton

Interstate 95 North
Maine 15 northbound joins Interstate 95 north from Interstate 395 (Exit 182) west and Exit 185 (Broadway). The state highway originally followed U.S. 1A (South Main Street), Oak Street, and Broadway through Brewer and downtown Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 & Maine 100 (Hammond Street) intersect Interstate 95 & Maine 15 at the Exit 183 partial-cloverleaf interchange near the University College of Bangor campus. U.S. 2 & Maine 100 travel together from Newport east through Etna, Carmel, and Hermon into west Bangor. The tandem follow Hammond Street and Orlin Road around the perimeter of Bangor International Airport. Original Hammond Street was severed by the airport runways. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Northbound at the Exit 183 ramp departure to U.S. 2 & Maine 100 (Hammond Street) in west Bangor. U.S. 2 & Maine 100 follow Hammond Street into downtown Bangor. Once downtown, U.S. 2 follows State Street east along the Penobscot River. Maine 100 ends at the U.S. 2 junction with U.S. 202's northern terminus. Bangor's Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium lies near Exit 183 and is home to area Senior and Little Leagues. Local resident and author Stephen King donated money for the ball park in 1991. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Next in line for Interstate 95 & Maine 15 is the Exit 184 ramps to Maine 222 (Union Street) and Ohio Street. Maine 222 begins in downtown Bangor at U.S. 2 & Maine 100 and ventures northwest to Bangor International Airport and Levant. Ohio Street parallels Maine 222 (Union Street) northward to North Bangor from downtown. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 222 ventures eight miles northwest to Levant on the 27-mile drive to its west end at Corinna. Union Street carries the state highway less than a mile east to Hammond Street (U.S. 2 & Maine 100) outside of downtown Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A brief section of Interstate 95 & Maine 15 appears very urban with a narrow right of way through north Bangor. Pictured here is a reassurance shield assembly ahead of the Kenduskeag Stream. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 & Maine 15 curve eastward ahead of their split at Exit 185 (Broadway). Maine 15 returns to its original alignment en route to Kenduskeag and South Corinth. Kenduskeag Avenue spans the freeway in this scene. Photo taken 06/27/05.

Maine 15 travels overall north from Stonington along the Maine coast to U.S. 201 & Maine 6 at Jackman Station near the Canadian border. Broadway carries the state highway 10.75 miles northwest to Kenduskeag. The state highway joins the Bangor area with Dover-Foxcroft. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 185 loops onto Broadway, carrying Maine 15 north away from Interstate 95. Broadway heads south 1.1 miles to U.S. 2 (State Street) at the intersection with Oak Street in downtown. Oak Street (U.S. 1A Business) continues the road south to downtown Brewer. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 continues north solo from the Exit 185 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Maine 15 (Broadway). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Stillwater Avenue travels northeast from Broadway 1.5 miles to the Exit 186 partial-trumpet interchange with Interstate 95. The interchange opened to traffic in November of 2001 and serves a retail corridor along Stillwater Avenue, including Bangor Mall Boulevard (to Bangor Mall). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Hogan Road joins U.S. 2 (State Street) with Stillwater Avenue in east Bangor. The north-south arterial meets Interstate 95 at the Exit 187 diamond interchange near Bangor Mall. Connections with Mt. Hope Avenue and U.S. 2 east lead travelers to the community of Veazie along the Penobscot River. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 continues north toward Orono and Old Town on the 115-mile drive to Houlton and New Brunswick, Canada. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Orono lies along U.S. 2 (Main Street) at the fork between the Stillwater and Penobscot Rivers. Downtown Orono lies just south of the University of Maine Campus and the U.S. 2 split with U.S. 2A (College Avenue) at Webster. Sports facilities to the University lie north of the main campus closer to Exit 193. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Northbound at the Exit 191 diamond interchange with Kelly Road near Orono. Kelly Road travels east a short distance to U.S. 2 (Main Street) south of downtown Orono. The road otherwise ends to the west at parallel Stillwater Avenue. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Stillwater Avenue meets Interstate 95 again at the Exit 193 diamond interchange outside of Stillwater. The roadway meets Maine 16 (Bennoch Road) at Stillwater before crossing the Stillwater River and junction U.S. 2A (College Avenue). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Travelers bound for Stillwater, the University of Maine, and Old Town depart Interstate 95 northbound for Stillwater Avenue. Stillwater Avenue carries U.S. 2A northeast from Stillwater to Center Street at Old Town. Old Town lies along and on islands at the Penobscot River. U.S. 2A returns to U.S. 2 (Main Street) at downtown with U.S. 2 spanning the river to Milford and Costigan. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 leaves the Orono and Old Town areas north of Bangor for vastly undeveloped lands to Houlton. Howland represents the next community of interest along the four-lane freeway. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 43 (Hudson Road) intersects Interstate 95 northwest of Old Town near Dewitt Field. The east-west highway begins in Old Town (junction U.S. 2) and travels west to Hudson (junction Maine 221). Photo taken 06/27/05.
A diamond interchange facilitates movements between Interstate 95 and Maine 43 (Hudson Road) at Exit 197. Maine 43 follows Gillman Falls Avenue, Brunswick Road, and Main Street between Maine 16 (Bennoch Road) and downtown Old Town. Further west, Maine 43 continues beyond Hudson to Dexter and Farmington, ending at Temple in west Maine. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A commercial vehicle weigh /state police truck check station resides along Interstate 95 northbound between Exits 197 and 199. All buses must stop when the facility is in operation. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 next meets Maine 16 (Bennoch Road) at the north end of the Old Town town line. Maine 16 parallels the Stillwater River northward from Orono to Exit 199, veering northwest to Alton and LaGrange beyond the freeway. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Drivers bound for Maine 16 (Bennoch Road) depart Interstate 95 at the Exit 199 half-diamond interchange (there is no return northbound access). Maine 16 continues northwest from Lagrange to Milo (junction Maine 6 and 11) and west to Dover-Foxcroft. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Another 18 miles of Interstate 95 brings the freeway into the Town of Howland. Meeting the freeway there are Maine 6 & 155 (Lagrange Road) at the Exit 217 diamond interchange. Maine 6 & 155 combine at the junction with U.S. 2 at East Enfield across the Penobscot River from Howland. Maine 155 comprises a loop east from there to Enfield and Lincoln. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 6 constitutes a lengthy east-west corridor across central Maine. The state highway begins with U.S. 201 at the Quebec border north of Jackman and ends at the New Brunswick border near Vanceboro. Locally Maine 6 follows U.S. 2 north from West Enfield to South Lincoln. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 6 & 155 follow Lagrange Road west from Maine 116 in Howland to Howland Road and Lagrange. Once at Lagrange, the two split on respective paths to Miro and Bradford. Maine 116 meanwhile straddles the Penobscot River north from MAine 16 (near Exit 199) to Chester. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 stays west of the Penobscot River on the drive north from Howland toward Lincoln. Lincoln lies east of the river at the split of U.S. 2 and Maine 6 east. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Penobscot Valley Road stems west from Maine 155 (Enfield Road/High Street) in Lincoln to Interstate 95 at the Exit 227 diamond interchange west of town. The east-west roadway provides connections with U.S. 2 & Maine 6 (West Broadway) near Lincoln Regional Airport and Maine 116 (Mattamiscontis Road). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Northbound at the Exit 227 off-ramp to Penobscot Valley Road. Maine 116 continues along the Penobscot River toward Chester from the Lincoln area. U.S. 2 & Maine 6 follow West Broadway to Main Street and downtown Lincoln. U.S. 2 continues north from there to Mattawamkeag; Maine 6 turns east to Lee and the Lincoln and Grand Lakes region. Photo taken 06/27/05.
17 miles of uninterrupted freeway carry Interstate 95 northward from Lincoln to Medway. The freeway crosses the Mattamiscontis Stream on the scenic drive. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Nearing the Medway area along Interstate 95 northbound. Intersecting the freeway ahead is Maine 157 (Medway Road), an east-west state highway between Millinocket and Mattawamkeag. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Weary travelers may stop at the rest area just south of the Penobscot River near Midway. Facilities exist along both north and south Interstate 95 here. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 northbound lowers to span the Penobscot River between the Maine 116 (Pattagumpus Road) under crossing and the Exit 244 diamond interchange with Maine 157 (Medway Road). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 157 west to Maine 11 and Millinocket provides the main route to the Baxter State Park south entrance and Allagash Wilderness Water. Visitors bound for the north entrance should remain on Interstate 95 north to Exit 264. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 244 leaves Interstate 95 northbound at the north end of the Penobscot River crossing. Maine 157 (Medway Road) merges with Maine 11 (Grindstone Road) nearby for the drive west along the Penobscot River to Millinocket. Maine 116 (Pattagumpus Road) meanwhile draws to a close at Maine 11 & 157 outside of East Millinocket. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 continues north along another long exit less stretch toward Sherman. Most of the 15-mile stretch includes a wide tree-filled median, adding to the feeling of isolation. The freeway crosses Salmon Stream a short distance north of Medway. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Travelers are provided with a vista point that offers a view of Mt. Katahdin, the tallest peak in the state of Maine at 5,267 ft, along Interstate 95 near Salmon Stream Lake. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 enters Herseytown near Little Salmon Stream Lake. Salmon Stream and its lakes lie just west along the freeway frontage. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Sinking toward the Exit 259 off-ramp to Casey Road west and Pond Road east to Benedicta. Interstate 95 enters Aroostoock County at the half-diamond interchange. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Casey Road meanders west toward Rush Pond from Interstate 95 Exit 259. Pond Road continues the road into Aroostook County and the hamlet of Benedicta nearby. Benedicta Road ventures north from the intersection of Aroostook and Pond Roads to Sherman. Pond Road continues east to U.S. 2 (Silver ridge Road) at Monarda. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Continuing north toward Sherman and Houlton on Interstate 95. Connections with Maine 158 west to Maine 11 ahead provide travelers with the most direct route to the Fort Kent and the North entrance to Baxter State Park. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 158 (Main Street) intersects Interstate 95 at Sherman just east of its beginning at Maine 11 (Station Road/Grindstone Road). Maine 158 represents a short route between Sherman and junction U.S. 2 (Island Falls Road) at Woodbridge Corner. Photo taken 06/27/05.
One mile south of the Exit 264 diamond interchange with Maine 158 (Main Street) at Sherman. Maine 11 travels north from Maine 158's west end to Sherman Station, Patten, Hersey, and Fort Kent. Maine 159 stems west from Patten and Maine 11 toward Baxter State Park. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Drivers bound for Maine 158 to Maine 11 depart Interstate 95 northbound at Exit 264. Benedicta Road ties into the Maine 11 (Station Road) and Maine 158 (Main Street) intersection from the south. Maine 158 (Woodbridge Corner Road) meets Golden Ridge Road east at Sherman Mills, a north-south road to U.S. 2 at Golden Ridge. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 begins to curve northeast on its final approach to Oakfield and Houlton. A 12-mile exit less stretch lies between Sherman and Island Falls. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Once at Island Falls, Interstate 95 meets Maine 159. Maine 159 constitutes an east-west highway between U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) and the north entrance to Baxter State Park at Shin Pond. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Belvedere Road spans Interstate 95 one mile south of the Exit 276 diamond interchange with Maine 159. Maine 159 ends at U.S. 2 (Sherman Street) in the heart of Island Falls nearby. U.S. 2 continues northeast from there to Dyer Brook. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 159 continues west from Interstate 95 (Exit 276) and Island Falls to Crystal and Patten (junction Maine 11). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Drivers curve northeast over the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River north of Island Falls on the ten-mile drive to Oakfield. Interstate 95 spans the East Branch of the Mattawamkeag River just east of Exit 291. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) passes over Interstate 95 between Dyer Brook and Smyrna Mills west of Exit 286. Exit 286 joins the freeway with Oakfield Road south of Smyrna Mills and north of Oakfield. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Connections with Maine 212 at Oakfield Road's intersection with U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) in Smyrna Mills provides the last direct route to Maine 11 and the scenic drive to Ashland, Eagle Lake, and Fort Kent. Maine 212 joins U.S. 2 with Maine 11 at Knowles Corner. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 draws to within one mile of the Exit 286 diamond interchange with Oakfield Road. Oakfield Road travels south to River Road and Main Street at the Oakfield Town center. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Northbound at the Exit 286 ramp partition to Oakfield Road, Smyrna Mills, and Oakfield. River Road continues Oakfield Road southwest to Oakfield Road and Dyer Brook (junction U.S. 2). Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 trailblazers lie at the end of the Exit 286 ramp to Oakfield Road to direct motorists to U.S. 2 east via Smyrna Mills or west via Dyer Brook. Photo taken 06/27/05.
One of the last northbound reassurance shields posted for Interstate 95 east of the Exit 286 on-ramp. The Towns of Smyrna, New Limerick, and Houlton are all that separate the freeway from its end at the Canadian border. Photos taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 and Interstate 95 parallel one another closely from Smyrna Mills east through the Town of Smyrna. The federal highway crosses paths with the freeway at Exit 291, midway between the town center and Ludlow. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) passes south of Interstate 95 at the Exit 291 diamond interchange to Ludlow. County Road carries the highway east to Smyrna Street in western Houlton. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 291 ramp departure to U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road west, County Road east). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 travels in an east-west fashion between Smyrna and the northern terminus at New Brunswick. The freeway passes through the Town of Limerick into Houlton on the approach to Exit 302. Photos taken 06/27/05.
The final Interstate 95 rest area resides in Houlton and doubles as a Visitor Information Center for motorists entering the United States from New Brunswick. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 302 provides the last connection with U.S. 1, the only road between Houlton and the Presque Isle and Caribou areas, from Interstate 95 northbound. U.S. 1 splits with U.S. 1A at Mars Hill to the north. U.S. 1 continues to Presque Isle and Caribou while U.S. 1A stays east to Fort Fairfield and Hamlin. The two reconvene at Van Buren. Photo taken 06/27/05.
One mile west of the Exit 302 diamond interchange with U.S. 1 (North Street) at Houlton. A short drive carries motorists into downtown Houlton to the south, where U.S. 1 shares a brief overlap with U.S. 2 along Kendall Street. There U.S. 2A (Bangor Street) returns to U.S. 2 after its long distance routing from Macwahoc and Haynesville. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Aroostook State Park is found south of Presque Isle and west of U.S. 1 near Spragueville. U.S. 1 north also serves interests to the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Northern Maine Community College. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 spans the B Stream and enters the Exit 302 interchange with U.S. 1 (North Street). U.S. 1 continues south from downtown Houlton and U.S. 2 (Military Street) along Court Street. The federal highway continues from there to Cary, Danforth, and Calais. Northward U.S. 1 travels another 100 miles to its conclusion at Fort Kent on the St. John River to New Brunswick. Photo taken 06/27/05.
The last Interstate 95 northbound reassurance marker, only the end shield ahead of the customs house remains. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 becomes New Brunswick 95, a 12-kilometere expressway between the Canadian border and junction Trans Canada Highway/New Brunswick 2. Trans Canada Highway provides the main route to such Maritime Provinces cities as Fredericton, St. John, Charlottetown, and Halifax. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 also draws to a close at the Exit 305 interchange with Interstate 95, entering the scene by way of Military Street at Houlton International Airport. Photo taken 06/27/05.
All travelers continuing beyond the Exit 305 partial-cloverleaf interchange default immediately into the customs house for Canada. There is no U-turn ramp provided. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 305 ramp departure to U.S. 2's westbound beginning. U.S. 2 follows Airport Road briefly to Military Street west and Houlton; Airport Road south continues into Houlton International Airport Industrial Park. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Drivers must slow down to 25 mph after the Exit 305 gore point for the customs house. An end Interstate 95 shield was posted across from the U.S. customs house as of Summer 2005. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Posted at the end of the Exit 305 ramp are shields for U.S. 2's westbound beginning on Airport Road and return access to Interstate 95 south via the U.S. 2 eastbound on-ramp. Airport Road does not continue north of the interchange and instead defaults onto the southbound freeway on-ramp. A portion of original U.S. 2 remains south of the New Brunswick 95 northbound on-ramp as Border Lane. Border Lane does not enter Canada however. Photo taken 06/27/05.

Interstate 95 Ends Return to the Maine Gateway

Page Updated March 18, 2007.