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Interstate 295 Northbound

Interstate 295 North
Travelers depart Interstate 95 northbound via a partial "Y" interchange onto Interstate 295 north. Interstate 295 quickly approaches a toll plaza for the exit of the Maine Turnpike system. Photo taken 06/27/05.
An emergency access road joins Interstate 295 with Spring Street and Payne Road ahead of the toll barrier. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Vehicles must slow down to 10 mph through the toll plaza on Interstate 295 north. All passenger vehicles are levied a 60 cent toll and EZPass lanes are available. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Heading out of the toll plaza, Interstate 295 draws near the Exit 1 partial-cloverleaf interchange with the Maine Turnpike access road. An east-west freeway connector between U.S. 1 (Main Street) and Interstate 95, the access road provides access to West Broadway, the Scarborough Connector south, and Main Street at Thornton Heights for northbound travelers. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Northbound at the Exit 1 ramp departure onto the Maine Turnpike access road eastbound. The road features South Portland interchanges serving with West Broadway and the Scarborough Connector before ending at U.S. 1 (Main Street). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 northbound reassurance marker posted between Exit 1 and the partial "Y" interchange (Exit 2 on southbound) merge with the Scarborough Connector. Like the Maine Turnpike access road, the Scarborough Connector constitutes a local freeway spur to U.S. 1 at Scarborough. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1 kisses Interstate 295 at Exit 4 before looping eastward through downtown Portland. East of the freeway, U.S. 1 partitions with U.S. 1A (Commercial Street), a loop along the Portland waterfront, east of the Fore River. Photo taken 06/27/05.

Drawing to within one quarter mile of the Exit 4 partial-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway). U.S. 1 follows Main Street north through South Portland to Billy Varhon Drive where the highway turns west to Exit 4. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Transportation facilities including the International Ferry to Nova Scotia, Greyhound bus lines to Bangor and Boston, and AMTRAK are accessible at downtown Portland. Use Exit 4 to the ferry and Exit 5 for other ground transportation modes. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 northbound at the Exit 4 off-ramp to U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway). U.S. 1 spans the Fore River to an interchange with U.S. 1A (Commercial Street) and Valley Street. U.S. 1A follows Commercial Street east while U.S. 1 turns northward along Valley Street. Exit 7 provides a more direct route into the central business district. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Flights out of adjacent Portland International Jetport (PWM) skim above Interstate 295 within the vicinity of the Fore River. The Fore encircles the downtown peninsula and dumps water into Casco Bay to the east. Interstate 295 enters the city limits at the span. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Maine 22 (Congress Street) meets Interstate 295 at the Portland Connector, Park Avenue, and Exit 5. Congress Street carries the state highway west to Maine 9 (Stevens Avenue) and South Portland and east a short distance to its end at junction U.S. 1 (Valley Street / St. John Street). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 passes over the Portland Connector ahead of the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with Maine 22 (Congress Street). The Connector follows the Fore River northwest from U.S. 1 at U.S. 1A (Commercial Street) to Maine 22 (Congress Street) at Interstate 295. Ramps join Interstate 295 from the connector ahead of the Exit 5 off-ramp. Park Avenue splits from Congress Street and becomes part of U.S. 1 between Valley Street and Maine 100 (Forest Avenue). Congress Street continues east on a parallel course through downtown. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 5 splits into separate ramps to Maine 22 (Congress Street). Eastbound travelers join Congress Street directly ahead of Marlston Street and U.S. 1 (Valley Street / St. John Street). Westbound motorists join the Portland Connector ahead of its end at Maine 22 west of the freeway. Hadlock Field, home of the Portland Seadogs Double-A Baseball franchise, lies nearby along Park Avenue (U.S. 1). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Upcoming exits sign featuring the distances to Exit 6A (U.S. 1 south to Maine 77), 6B (U.S. 1 north to U.S. 302 & Maine 100 north), and 7 (junction U.S. 1A). U.S. 302 & Maine 100 follow Forest Avenue south from their merge at Allen Avenue to junction U.S. 1 at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Baxter Boulevard. This sign indicates erroneously that U.S. 302 & Maine 100 follow Forest Avenue southward from Baxter Boulevard through Exit 6. That is incorrect because both highways end at the U.S. 1 turn onto Baxter Boulevard from Forest Avenue. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Buildings associated with downtown Portland rise along the northern horizon as Interstate 295 nears the Maine 25 (Deering Avenue) overpass. Deering Oaks Park encompasses the lands adjacent to Interstate 295 between Maine 25 and the Exit 6A off-ramp. Portland is home of the University of Southern Maine, accessible via Exit 6B. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A full-cloverleaf interchange joins Interstate 295 with U.S. 1 at Forest Avenue. U.S. 1 follows Park Avenue east to Forest Avenue (Maine 77). Forest Avenue carries the federal highway north to Marginal Way and underneath Interstate 295 to Baxter Boulevard at Bedford Street. There U.S. 302 & Maine 100 begin their westward trek while U.S. 1 follows Baxter Boulevard along Back Cove. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Signs at the Exit 6A off-ramp omit U.S. 302 but include Maine 100 for Forest Avenue southbound. Forest Avenue (U.S. 1) intersects State Street and Marginal Way at Deering Oaks Park nearby. U.S. 1 turns west at Park Street with Maine 77 beginning and continuing Forest Avenue south to Congress Street and the one-way street couplet of High and State Streets. Maine 77 travels overall between Portland and Scarborough. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 6B leaves Interstate 295 northbound for U.S. 1 (Forest Avenue) north to Baxter Boulevard and junction U.S. 302 west & Maine 100 north. U.S. 302 travels overall between Portland and Montpelier, Vermont. The federal highway ventures northwest to North Windham and Bridgton. Maine 100 follows U.S. 302 north to Allen Avenue and Allen Avenue to Maine 26 (Auburn Street). The state highway shares pavement with other highways for most of its journey to Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A handful of high rises dot the cityscape of Portland east of Interstate 295. An estimated 63,882 call the city home. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Exit 7 provides a direct route into downtown Portland from Interstate 295. Downtown is home to the Cumberland County Civic Center, Old Port Exchange shopping district, the Maine College of Art, and the Narrow Gauge Railroad among other points of interest. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A trumpet interchange joins U.S. 1A (Franklin Street) with Interstate 95 at Exit 7. Franklin Street comprises a divided-arterial between the freeway and Portland's waterfront (Commercial Street). U.S. 1A follows all of Franklin Street heading southbound and joins Interstate 295 northbound on the return to U.S. 1 at Exit 9. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 & U.S. 1A northbound straddle the shores of Back Cove between Exit 7 and the partial "Y" interchange merge with Maine 26 (Washington Avenue). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Ascending onto the bridge that separates Back Cove from Casco Bay. Bridges carry Maine 26 to/from Interstate 295 at Washington Avenue (I-295 southbound Exit 8). Maine 26 northbound merges onto Interstate 295 & U.S. 1A briefly to make the leap across Back Cove onto the continuation of Washington Avenue. Maine 26 begins in downtown Portland at the intersection of Congress Street and Washington Avenue. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 26 & U.S. 1A (unsigned at this point) depart Interstate 295 northbound at a directional stack interchange (Exit 8). Maine 26 resumes its Washington Avenue routing northward to Andover College and junction Maine 100 (Allen Avenue) at the North Deering section of Portland. Maine 26 & 100 share pavement northward via Auburn Street and Gray Road to West Falmouth. U.S. 1 northbound briefly merges onto Interstate 295 northbound between Exits 8 and 9; U.S. 1 south follows parallel Veranda Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 & U.S. 1 northbound span the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad ahead of their split at Exit 9. U.S. 1 joins Veranda Street ahead of the Presumpscot River. North of the river, U.S. 1 partitions with Maine 88 (Foreside Road), a north-south state highway leading to Falmouth Foreside in northeast Portland. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1 northbound departs Interstate 295 north at the Exit 9 half-diamond interchange with Verdana Street. U.S. 1 stays east of the freeway through the Falmouth vicinity and next meets Interstate 295 directly at Yarmouth (Exit 15). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 curves northwest parallel to the Presumpscot River to the east and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad to the west. Falmouth lies three miles ahead; Brunswick, where U.S. 1 journeys eastward to Bath, Belfast, and Calais lies 24 miles ahead. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 as it straddles the Presumpscot River. The Presumpscot River flows east from Falmouth into Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Mill Creek adds water to the river from Falmouth parallel to Interstate 295 near Exit 10. Looking southeast, U.S. 1 spans the river at its mouth with Casco Bay. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Next in line for northbound travelers is the Exit 10 folded-diamond interchange with Bucknam Road at Falmouth. Bucknam Road provides access to parallel U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) to the east and Maine 9 (Middle Road) to the west. There is no direct access to the Falmouth Spur of the Maine Turnpike (unsigned Interstate 495) from Interstate 295 north. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Spanning the Presumpscot River on Interstate 295 northbound. Maine 9 (Middle Road) and the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad cross the river beside the freeway. Photo taken 06/27/05.
One mile south of the Exit 10 off-ramp to Bucknam Road. Bucknam Road travels west from U.S. 1 to Maine 9 (Middle Road) at Falmouth Road; Falmouth Road continues the roadway to West Falmouth. Maine 9 splits with Middle Road nearby for Longwoods Road to Cumberland Center. U.S. 1 meanwhile parallels Interstate 295 nearby between Depot and Johnson Roads, streets leading east to Maine 88 (Foreside Road) and Falmouth Foreside. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Bucknam Road passes over Interstate 295 ahead of the Exit 10 ramp departure. Motorists destined for Interstate 495 (Falmouth Spur) westbound must use Bucknam Road east to U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) north. A trumpet interchange joins the east end of the Maine Turnpike Falmouth Spur with U.S. 1 nearby. Unsigned Interstate 495 provides a direct line to the Maine Turnpike mainline (Interstate 95) at West Falmouth. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 295 leaves the Portland vicinity for Yarmouth. U.S. 1 crosses paths with the freeway again at the Exit 15 partial-cloverleaf interchange south of the town center. U.S. 1 ventures west of the freeway, intersecting Maine 88 and 115 (Main Street) in the process. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Exit 15 leaves Interstate 295 after the U.S. 1 overpass. Maine 115 (Main Street / Walnut Hill Road) joins Yarmouth with Maine 9 near Cumberland to the northwest. The state highway otherwise ends at Maine 88 in Yarmouth. Maine 88 enters Yarmouth from Cumberland Foreside to the south before ending at U.S. 1. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1 shield assembly posted at the end of the northbound Interstate 295 off-ramp at Exit 15. U.S. 1 travels south to Tuttle Road at Cumberland Foreside and north a short distance to Portland Street and Maine 115 (Main Street). Photo taken 06/27/05.

Page Updated April 12, 2007.