Interstate 195 comprises a 1.55-mile long freeway spur east from Interstate 95 (Maine Turnpike) to Maine 5 (Saco Avenue) for Old Orchard Beach. Opening occurred in 1983.1
Interstate 195 east
Interstate 195 leaves the trumpet interchange with Interstate 95 and enters the Maine Turnpike toll booths. Exit 1 (Industrial Park Road) departs just east of the toll barrier. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A set of traffic lights over Interstate 195 eastbound stops traffic for pedestrians (mainly toll takers). This is one of a few locations along an Interstate highway with traffic lights, let alone pedestrian signals. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Travelers pass over Old Industrial Road at the Exit 1 folded-diamond interchange. Old Industrial Road stems north from Maine 112 (North Street) to Spring Hill Road, which leads east to U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway). Maine 112 heads west from U.S. 1 & Maine 5 (Main Street) in downtown Saco to Bar Mills. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Signage ahead of Exit 2 directs motorists to downtown Saco and the Saco Amtrak station to use Exit 2 and motorists bound for the coast and the Old Orchard Beach Amtrak station to remain on Interstate 195. Amtrak's Downeaster serves southern Maine on a line between Portland and Boston, Massachusetts. The Saco station is open all year round while Old Orchard Beach's platform is only opening seasonally between May and October. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interests to the Saco area Funtown Splashtown USA amusement park should use U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) north from Interstate 195 Exit 2A. Old Orchard Beach's Palace Playland resides along the Atlantic Ocean near the junction of Maine 5 (Old Orchard Street) and Maine 9 (West Grand Avenue). Drivers bound for the park should use Interstate 195 to its merge with Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road) and its turn onto Saco Avenue. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 195 eastbound, one quarter mile from the Exit 2 off-ramp onto U.S. 1 (Main Street) southbound. U.S. 1 merges with Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road) south of the interchange at the commercial district north of downtown Saco. U.S. 1 & Maine 5 travel south along Main Street to junction Maine 112 in downtown. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Entering the Exit 2 three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 1 (Main Street). Exit 2A departs here for Main Street south ahead of junction Maine 5. U.S. 1 travels south along Main Street to Elm Street through downtown Saco. Elm Street carries the federal highway across the Saco River into Biddeford. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 2B follows onto U.S. 1 (Portland Road) north through Saco. U.S. 1 meets Maine 98 (Cascade Road) before crossing the Cumberland County line into West Scarborough. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 195 continues a short distance east of U.S. 1 (Exit 2) to its end at junction Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Nearing the freeway end, all traffic converges into one lane ahead of the merge with Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road). Maine 5 continues east of Interstate 195 as a two lane road to the five point intersection with Saco Avenue, Temple Avenue, Old Orchard road, and Old Salt Road. Photo taken 06/27/05.
End Interstate 195 / Junction Maine 5 sign posted at the freeway conclusion eastbound. Maine 5 enters the scene from parallel Ocean Park Road. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A set of flashers caution eastbound motorists of traffic turning westbound onto Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road) at Interstate 195's westbound beginning. Right-hand turns onto Maine 5 north are not permitted here otherwise from eastbound. Maine 5 south continues along Saco Avenue into Old Orchard Beach. Temple Avenue links the state highway with Maine 9 (West Grand Avenue) at the community of Ocean Park. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 195 west
Junction Interstate 195 shield assembly posted at the intersection of Reserve Street and Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road) northbound. Reserve Street comprises a short residential street ahead of the Maine 5 split with the freeway beginning. Photo taken 06/27/05.
The majority of traffic on Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road) north is advised to continue west on Interstate 195 to Exit 2 for both U.S. 1 (Portland Road) and Maine 5's continuation along Main Street. Ocean Park Road otherwise carries the state highway parallel to Interstate 195 between here and Exit 2 (junction U.S. 1). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 195's first shield resides one half mile east of the Exit 2 three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 1 (Main Street / Portland Road). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 2 joins Interstate 195 with U.S. 1 (Main Street) north of its merge with Maine 5 (Ocean Park Road). Together the two highways travel south to downtown and junction Maine 112 (North Street). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 2B carries motorists onto U.S. 1 (Portland Road) north through northern reaches of Saco. Portland Road travels a short distance to Funtown Splashtown USA, one of the area amusement parks. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 makes its first appearance at the Exit 2B ramp departure onto U.S. 1 (Portland Road) north. U.S. 1 continues north from here to junction Maine 98 (Cascade Road) in north Saco and West Scarborough in Cumberland County. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Drivers bound for U.S. 1 south & Maine 5 north (Main Street) leave Interstate 195 westbound via Exit 2A. U.S. 1 and Maine 5 combine through the commercial areas north of downtown. Maine 5 leaves U.S. 1 for a brief overlap along Maine 112 (North Street) before departing Saco en route to Limerick. U.S. 1 continues south along Elm Street otherwise into Biddeford. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Continuing west along Interstate 195, drivers next encounter the Exit 1 folded-diamond interchange with Industrial Park Road. Industrial Park Road serves businesses along its frontage between Maine 112 (North Street) and Spring Hill Road. Maine 112 travels north-south from downtown to Buxton. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Motorists not departing Interstate 195 via Exit 1 enter the Maine Turnpike toll plaza before joining Interstate 95. All passenger vehicles are levied a 60 cent toll. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Westbound at the ramp departure of Exit 1 onto Industrial Park Road. Industrial Park Road in conjunction with Spring Hill Road provides a route between Maine 112 (North Street) and U.S. 1 (Portland Road) in north Saco. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 195 enters the Maine Turnpike toll barrier almost immediately west of the Industrial Park Road under crossing. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 195 ends at a trumpet interchange with Interstate 95 (Maine Turnpike). Long distance travelers bound for Montreal are directed onto Interstate 95 northward to perhaps U.S. 302 west for the trip into Canada. Interstate 95 north otherwise splits with Interstate 295 in eight miles at South Portland. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 95 southbound heads to Biddeford at its next exit in four miles on the 33-mile drive to Kittery in southern Maine. Boston lies 98 miles to the south. Photo taken 06/27/05.