U.S. Highway 1A - Maine Travel Information

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U.S. Highway 1A - Maine

There are several U.S. 1A's within the state of Maine. One of the most significant ones is the loop northward from U.S. 1 at Stockton Springs to Bangor-Brewer and back to U.S. 1 at Ellsworth. This loop provides part of the main routing to coastal Maine, including the popular Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park areas, from Maine's Interstate system.

U.S. Highway 1A north / west
Northbound U.S. 1A (Main Road) at the Penobscot County and Holden Town lines. U.S. 1A ventures 17 miles northwest from Ellsworth in Hancock County to East Holden. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Nearing the intersection with Maine 46 (Lower Dedham Road / Kidders Hill Road) on U.S. 1A (Main Road) north. Maine 46 joins East Holden with East Eddington to the north (junction Maine 9) and the Dedham town center to the south. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Maine 46 follows an 18.7-mile routing northward from U.S. 1 & Maine 3-15 near Bucksport to Maine 9. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Continuing northwest along U.S. 1A (Main Road) toward Holden Center. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Once in the Brewer area, U.S. 1A (Main Road) widens to three overall lanes. At the city line, U.S. 1A switches to Wilson Street and meets the eastern terminus of Interstate 395. Interstate 395 provides a direct route to Interstate 95 and Bangor International Airport. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1A (Wilson Street) spans an abandoned railroad ahead of the trumpet interchange with Interstate 395. Interstate 395 branches southwest and bypasses Brewer and downtown Bangor to the south. U.S. 1A continues northwest into downtown Brewer before skimming the edge of the Bangor central business district with Maine 9. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Interstate 395's westbound beginning splits from U.S. 1A (Wilson Street) north. Interstate 395 sees two interchanges with Brewer and two with Bangor before ending at the confluence of Interstate 95 and U.S. 202 & Maine 100. Photo taken 06/27/05.

U.S. 1A & Maine 9 cross the Penobscot River between downtown Brewer and downtown Bangor via the Union Street bridge. U.S. 1A & Maine 9 westbound follow Union Street to its intersection with U.S. 202 (Main Street); eastbound traffic leaves Main Street via Railroad Street and Summer Street to the bridge. Main Street carries U.S. 1A west, U.S. 202 south, and Maine 9 west from Union Street south to junction Interstate 395. Here the trio intersect Cedar Street on the departure from the Bangor central business district. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1A-Maine 9 west & U.S. 202 (Main Street) south at Railroad Street. U.S. 1A & Maine 9 east follow Railroad Street from U.S. 202 north onto Summer Street. Main Street carries both directions of all three highway now. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A sign bridge directs motorists to connections with Interstate 95 (via Interstate 395), U.S. 2 (via Interstate 395), and the continuation of U.S. 1A south & Maine 9 beyond Interstate 395 and U.S. 202. U.S. 1A travels south to U.S. 1 at Stockton Springs. Maine 9 leaves U.S. 1A at Hampden for U.S. 202 and points west. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Main Street southbound at the intersection with Buck Street in south Bangor. Buck Street leads west to Bangor Raceway and Webster Avenue. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Approaching the interchange with Interstate 395 & Maine 15 on U.S. 1A & Maine 9 west and U.S. 202 south (Main Street). A signalized intersection with Dutton Street is encountered first before U.S. 202 southbound joins Interstate 395 west & Maine 15 north. U.S. 1A & Maine 9 continue along Main Street south for another 4.3 miles to Hampden and their parting of ways. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 202 leaves U.S. 1A & Maine 9 (Main Street) for Interstate 395 west & Maine 15 north. The trio share just one mile before U.S. 202 departs the freeway via the Exit 2 trumpet interchange. U.S. 202 and Maine 9 meet again at Hampden and remain overlapped from there westward to China and Augusta. Interstate 395 ends two miles westward at Interstate 95 and U.S. 2 & Maine 100 (New Hammond Street / Odlin Road). Maine 15 follows Interstate 395 between Brewer and Interstate 95 to bypass downtown Bangor. Newport represents the southbound control city of Interstate 95 beyond Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. Highway 1A east/south
U.S. 1A & Maine 9 combine at Hampden and follow Main Street 4.25 miles north to junction Interstate 395 & U.S. 202 (Exit 3). U.S. 202 follows Interstate 395 between Exits 2 and 3 and departs the freeway to join U.S. 1A & Maine 9 east along Main Street. The trio leave the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 395 and intersect Dutton Street. Main Street carries four overall lanes between Interstate 395 and the Bangor central business district. Photo taken 06/27/05.
One block north of Dutton Street on U.S. 202 north & U.S. 1A-Maine 9 (Main Street) east at Buck Street. Buck Street travels west to Webster Avenue and Bangor Municipal Golf Course. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1A & Maine 9 share 0.75 miles of pavement along Main Street with U.S. 202 between Interstate 395 and Railroad Street. Pictured here is a guide sign posted near Patten Street that outlines the long distance destinations of U.S. 1A south to Ellsworth and Maine 9 east to Calais. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Approaching the split of U.S. 202 (Main Street) north from U.S. 1A & Maine 9 east (Railroad Street / Summer Street). U.S. 1A & Maine 9 span the Penobscot River via the Union Street bridge into downtown Brewer. U.S. 202 continues north a short distance into downtown Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Mast-arm supported traffic lights govern the movements of Main and Railroad Streets at the U.S. 202 and U.S. 1A & Maine 9 split. U.S. 1A & Maine 9 east follow Railroad Street briefly before turning northward on Summer Street to the Union Street bridge. U.S. 202 maintains four lanes through to the intersection with Union Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1A (Wilson Street) leaves the interchange with Interstate 395 and city of Brewer. Becoming Main Road, the federal highway reduces from three to two overall lanes on the drive to Holden Center. Photo taken 06/27/05.
This mileage sign features the distance to Maine coast destinations of Ellsworth (junction U.S. 1), Bar Harbor (via Maine 3 south) and Machias (U.S. 1 in southeast Washington County). Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1A is well signed on the drive southeast from Brewer to Holden Center and East Holden. Pictured here is one of many shields posted near the intersection with Copeland Hill Road. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Another southbound U.S. 1A shield posted near Holden Center. Bypass lanes are provided periodically to allow for the passing of slower moving vehicles. With U.S. 1A acting as the main route between Interstate 95 and Bar Harbor, these lanes are needed. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Nearing the intersection with Maine 46 (Kidder Hill Road / Lower Dedham Road) on U.S. 1A south at East Holden. Maine 46 constitutes a north-south route between U.S. 1 & Maine 3-15 at Bucksport and Maine 9 at East Eddington. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A large diagrammatical sign displays the intersection configuration of U.S. 1A (Main Road) at Maine 46. Likely the sign was installed due to accidents and the like with U.S. 1A being a busy route during the Summer tourist season. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Span wire supported traffic signals govern the movements between U.S. 1A (Main Road) and Maine 46. Maine 46 travels Kidder Hill Road northward on the five mile drive to East Eddington. Southbound turning traffic follows Lower Dedham Road 3.5 miles to the Dedham town center. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Departing East Holden and the intersection with Maine 46 on U.S. 1A (Main Road) southbound. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Crossing the Hancock County line on U.S. 1A (Main Road) southbound. 17 miles separate this location from the U.S. 1A south end at Ellsworth. Photo taken 06/27/05.

Page Updated May 5, 2007.