Welcome to Maine sign posted within the Exit 305 partial-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 2 (Airport Road). U.S. 2 begins here and travels south to Houlton International Airport and west along Military Street to Houlton. Photo taken 06/27/05.
The first of many southbound reassurance shields posted along 1,919.74-mile path of Interstate 95. Posted just west of Exit 305 and the Canadian Border, Interstate 95 and parallel U.S. 2 venture two miles to Houlton. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Downtown Houlton lies just south of Exit 302. Interstate 95 otherwise continues southwest to Bangor, the next city of consequence in northern Maine. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1, often the companion of Interstate 95 on their 15-state journey southward, meets Interstate 95 for the first time at Exit 302 on the north side of Houlton. Following North Street, U.S. 1 leads south to junction U.S. 2 (Smyrna Street) and downtown. U.S. 1 & 2 share pavement briefly southward to Military Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 southbound (westbound) at the Exit 302 diamond interchange with U.S. 1 (North Street). U.S. 1 joins Houlton and the freeway with points northward including Presque Isle, Caribou, and Fort Kent. Southward, the federal highway leaves Houlton for Cary, Calais, and Eastport, hugging the eastern border of the state at times. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Descending the Exit 302 off-ramp to U.S. 1 (North Street). Motorists entering the U.S. from Canada are provided with a tourist information center on North Street adjacent to Exit 302. Presque Isle lies 40 miles to the north; U.S. 1 ends at the St. John River crossing into New Brunswick 97 miles northward at Fort Kent. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Southbound reassurance marker posted after the B Stream crossing west of U.S. 1 (North Street) and Exit 302. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 traverses slow rolling hills from Houlton southward to Bangor. This scene looks at the approach to the Exit 291 diamond interchange with U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road west / County Road east). U.S. 2 follows a parallel routing west from Houlton to Ludlow before crossing paths with Interstate 95 for a second time. Photos taken 06/27/05.
One mile east of the Exit 291 off-ramp to U.S. 2. U.S. 2 follows Silver Ridge Road west through the Town of Smyrna. Ludlow lies just east. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 begins its southward push from Exit 291 west to Exit 286. U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) parallels the freeway to the north to Smyrna Mills. Photo taken 06/27/05.
South of Smyrna Mills is the Oakfield Road diamond interchange with Interstate 95 at Exit 286. Oakfield Road joins the freeway with Oakfield and Dyer Mills to the south. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Mattawamkeag River East Branch passes under Interstate 95 ahead of the Exit 286 ramp departure to Oakfield Road. Oakfield Road meets U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) at its intersection with Maine 212 1.3 miles north of the freeway. Maine 212 provides a connector between U.S. 2 at Smyrna Mills and Maine 11 at Knowles Corner. Maine 11 in conjunction with U.S. 1 provides the only two routes to the cities of northeastern Maine. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 Maine shield posted between the Exit 286 on-ramp and U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) over crossing. U.S. 2 passes to the east of Interstate 95 through Dyer Brook on its southward journey to Island Falls and Golden Ridge. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 reaches Island Falls in 7 miles and Bangor in 97 miles. Only ten interchanges lie on the freeway between Smyrna Mills and Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Perhaps some of the loneliest stretches of Interstate 95 outside of Exits 302 to 305 lie along the freeway between Smyrna and Old Town. Large swaths of trees separate the freeway carriageways, adding to the feeling of isolation. This is a stark contrast with many stretches of Interstate 95, those that are loaded with hundreds of thousands of commuters on a given day. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Maine 159 intersects Interstate 95 outside of Island Falls. The east-west highway links U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) at Island Falls with Maine 11 (North Road / Patten Road) at Patten. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 enters Island Falls from the northeast and meets Maine 159's east end within the village. From there the federal highway heads south to Golden Ridge. Westward, Maine 159 passes through the settlement of Crystal en route to Patten. Once in Patten, Maine 11 and 159 share pavement briefly along Main Street. Maine 159 branches west to Shin Pond and the north entrance to Baxter State Park. Maine 11 meanwhile continues north to Hersey and Moro. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Southbound at the Exit 276 diamond interchange with Maine 159. Maine 159 east ends in three quarters of a mile at U.S. 2 (Sherman Street). Patten lies 9.3 miles to the west. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Continuing southward through forest covered hills of southern Aroostook County on Interstate 95. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Next in line for southbound motorists is the Exit 264 diamond interchange with Maine 158 (Station Road / Main Street). Maine 158 serves the nearby settlements of Sherman and Sherman Mills. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 264 provides connections to Maine 158 west to Maine 11 at Sherman and U.S. 2 at Woodbridge Corner. Maine 11 enters Sherman from Patten and turns westward to Stacyville and southward to Grindstone. Maine 158 travels 4.4 miles overall between Maine 11 and U.S. 2. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Skies darken on the southward drive along the Aroostook and Penobscot County line between Sherman and Benedicta. A half diamond interchange adds a car or two from Pond Road / Casey Road at Benedicta (Exit 259). 20-miles of exit less freeway otherwise carries drivers to Medway. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Salmon Stream parallels the western frontage of Interstate 95 on the approach to Medway. Interstate 95 passes over the stream two miles north of the Exit 244 diamond interchange with Maine 157 (Medway Road). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 157 straddles the Penobscot River from Millinocket east to Medway and Mattawamkeag. The state highway provides connections with Maine 11 (Grindstone Road) north and Maine 116 (Pattagumpus Road) in Medway. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 lowers into the Exit 244 interchange ahead of its crossing of the Penobscot River. Maine 157 merges with Maine 11 0.6 miles to the west and ends at junction U.S. 2 in Mattawamkeag 11 miles to the southeast. Maine 11 & 157 overlap from Medway west to Millinocket. Drivers bound for the south entrance to Baxter State Park and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway should use Maine 11 & 157 west to Millinocket. Photo taken 06/27/05.
17 miles separate Interstate 95 from Medway and Exit 227. Outside of a rest area south of the Penobscot River and Maine 116 under crossing, the stretch is devoid of anything other than trees and hills. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Penobscot Valley Avenue constitutes a connector between Interstate 95 (Exit 227) and the Town of Lincoln. The roadway leads east from the Exit 227 diamond interchange to junction Maine 116 (Main Road / Mattamiscontis Road), U.S. 2 & Maine 6 (Broadway), and Maine 155 (Enfield Road). Maine 116 travels southward from Medway to Chester, paralleling the Penobscot River west of Lincoln. U.S. 2 & Maine 6 join together in downtown Lincoln from Winn and Lee respectively, sharing a southwest routing to West Enfield along the Penobscot River. Maine 155 provides a loop from Lincoln south to Enfield and West Enfield. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Ten miles southward, Maine 6 and 155 come together at Howland and intersect Interstate 95. The two overlap westward from Exit 217 to Lagrange. Photos taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 & Maine 6 (Main Road) part ways at junction Maine 155 (Hammett Road) in West Enfield. U.S. 2 continues south along the east banks of the Penobscot River to Passadumkeag and Old Town. Maine 6 & 155 meanwhile travel Bridge Street across the Penobscot into Howland, joining Maine 116 at Edinburg Road. The two continue west from Howland to Lagrange on their respective paths to Dover-Foxcroft and Bradford. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 6 & 155 and U.S. 2 shield assembly posted at the end of the Exit 217 southbound off-ramp. Maine 6 & 155 head 10.4 miles west to Lagrange; Maine 6 continues from there to Dover-Foxcrofft, Greenville, Jackman, and Quebec via U.S. 201. Eastward, Maine 6 & 155 split at U.S. 2 in two miles. Maine 116 continues along the west banks of the Penobscot River south to Argyle. Photo taken 06/27/05.