U.S. 2 meanders eastward from the New Hampshire state line at White Mountain National Forest to Rumford, Farmington, Skowhegan, Newport, Bangor, Lincoln, and Houlton. The highway parallels Interstate 95 northward from Bangor to their end at Houlton. U.S. 2A provides an alternate route between Houlton and Macwahoc.
U.S. Highway 2 east
U.S. 2 & Maine 100 follow Hammond Street through western reaches of Bangor near Bangor International Airport. The four-lane arterial intersects Odlin Road before transitioning into the eastbound beginning of Interstate 395. Hammond Street originally traveled north of here but construction of the airport severed the route leaving two separate Hammond Streets. U.S. 2 & Maine 100 thus use Odlin Road between the two segments of Hammond Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A busy intersection handles the movements of U.S. 2 & Maine 100 between Hammond Street and Odlin Road. Interstate 395 begins here and quickly intersects Interstate 95 & Maine 15. The freeway continues east to U.S. 202, U.S. 1A, and Maine 9, serving the city of Brewer east of the Penobscot River. U.S. 2 & Maine 100 follow Odlin Road to Hammond Street, meeting Interstate 95 at Exit 183. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 & Maine 100 follow Hammond Street east from Interstate 95 (Exit 183) into downtown Bangor. Hammond Street becomes one-way eastbound between the intersection of Central Street (U.S. 2 west) / Main Street (U.S. 202) and that of Exchange Street / Harlow Street (U.S. 2 west). U.S. 2 west follows the loop of Harlow and Central Streets north of the eastbound only Hammond Street. Hammond Street becomes State Street at its crossing of the Kenduskeag Stream. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 (State Street) east at Harlow Street (U.S. 2 west) and Exchange Street. State Street carries two-way traffic from Exchange / Harlow Streets east to Veazie. The federal highway continues along the Penobscot River northward to Orono and Old Town from Bangor. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 enters Houlton via Smyrna Street and approaches U.S. 1 (North Street) for a brief overlap. A signalized intersection joins U.S. 1 and 2 a short distance south of Interstate 95 (Exit 302). Photos taken 06/27/05.
Turning southward on North Street, U.S. 1 & 2 travel three blocks to Military Street west of downtown. Pictured here is the first reassurance assembly, posted between Smyrna and Mill Streets. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Peering eastward at downtown Houlton, an arched pedestrian bridge spans the Meduxnekeag River. North Street becomes Kendall Street at Mill Street ahead. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1 south & 2 east (Kendall Street) span the Meduxnekeag River between Mill Street and junction U.S. 2A (Bangor Street). U.S. 2A begins here and travels southwest to Linneus, Haynesville, Glenwood, Reed, and Macwahoc. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Southbound at the signalized intersection with U.S. 2A's westbound beginning (Bangor Street) and Market Square east into the central business district. U.S. 2A merges with Military Street one block to the west to Carys Mill. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1 & 2 travel one block south on Kendall Street to Military Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1 south & 2 east turn onto Military Street briefly between Kendall and Court Streets. Military Street is considered a part of U.S. 2A between Bangor Street and U.S. 1 & 2. Photos taken 06/27/05.
One block east of Kendall Street is the split of U.S. 1 south from U.S. 2 east. U.S. 1 follows Court Street south to Calais Road and Hodgdon Corners. The federal highway continues though Weston, Topsfield, and Calais in extreme southeastern Maine. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 continues east along Military Street to Houlton International Airport outside of town. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A flasher hangs above the intersection of Military Street (U.S. 2) and Broadway south of downtown Houlton. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 2 continues along Military Street east to Airport Road. Airport Road stems north from Houlton International Airport to Interstate 95 Exit 305. U.S. 2 turns north onto Airport Road briefly before ending at the partial-cloverleaf interchange with the freeway. Photo taken 06/27/05.
An end shield for U.S. 2 resides at the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 95. Interstate 95 north enters the customs house for Canada immediately after U.S. 2. The freeway becomes New Brunswick 95 en route to Woodstock. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A closer look at the end U.S. 2 shield assembly with the Interstate 95 customs house in the background. A short road known as Border Lane spurs east from U.S. 2 to the Canadian border. This road represents the original U.S. 2 alignment that was replaced by Interstate 95. Border Lane does not enter Canada. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Drivers that do not turn onto Border Lane east or Interstate 95 northbound default onto Interstate 95 southbound for Houlton. Interstate 95 continues three miles to U.S. 1 (Exit 305). Airport Road does not continue north of the freeway otherwise. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. Highway 2 west
U.S. 2 begins its westbound journey at the Exit 305 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 95. Following Airport Road, the federal highway intersects Border Lane (original U.S. 2 into Canada) before turning west onto Military Street. Airport Road continues south to Houlton International Airport. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Looking southwest from the assembly above, one can see the first U.S. 2 westbound shield (pictured below). Photo taken 06/27/05.
Traveling westward along Military Street as U.S. 2 leaves Airport Road. U.S. 2 travels overall between here and Rouses Point, New York. This is the first shield; the last shield is pictured here. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Once in Houlton, U.S. 2 merges with U.S. 1 at the intersection of Military and Court Streets south of downtown. The two follow Military Street west one block to Kendall Street. A leg of U.S. 2A follows Military Street west one block to Bangor Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Kendall Street carries U.S. 1 north & 2 west one block north to U.S. 2A's westbound beginning at Bangor Street. Bangor Street continues Market Square west out of downtown to Carys Mills. U.S. 2A loops southwest to Linneus, Haynesville, and Macwahoc east of the U.S. 2 mainline through Island Falls and Golden Ridge. Photo taken 06/27/05.
U.S. 1 north & 2 west span the Meduxnekeag River between U.S. 2A (Bangor Street) and Mill Street. Kendall Street becomes North Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Ascending northward from the Meduxnekeag River, an Interstate 95 trailblazer directs motorists to the U.S. 1 diamond interchange with the freeway ahead (Exit 302). Photo taken 06/27/05.
North Street northbound at the U.S. 1 & 2 split. U.S. 2 turns onto Smyrna Street for its western exit from Houlton. The federal highway parallels Interstate 95 westward to Ludlow and Smyrna Mills. U.S. 1 meanwhile continues north along North Street to Interstate 95. U.S. 1 represents one of two routes to the northeastern Maine communities of Caribou, Fort Kent, and Presque Isle. Photos taken 06/27/05.
Shifting to Bangor, U.S. 2 follows State Street through eastern reaches of the city into the central business district. A briefly one-way street couplet separates U.S. 2 west onto Harlow and Central Streets from U.S. 2 east on Hammond and State Streets. Pictured here is the U.S. 2 turn onto Central Street south from Harlow Street north. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Central Street carries U.S. 2 westbound across the Kenduskeag Stream between Harlow and Hammond Streets. Photo taken 06/27/05.
The intersection of Harlow and Hammond Streets represents the northern terminus of U.S. 202. U.S. 202 begins and travels southward along Main Street, joining U.S. 1A and Maine 9 in the process, to Interstate 395 (Exit 3). U.S. 2 west turns onto Hammond Street with Maine 100 toward the University of Maine at Bangor. U.S. 2 east remains wholly on Hammond Street through its name change to State Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
A closer look at the U.S. 2, U.S. 202, Maine 9, and Maine 100 shield assembly posted on Harlow Street south at Hammond Street. Hammond Street carries U.S. 2 & Maine 100 west toward Bangor International Airport and Interstate 95 (Exit 183). State Street carries U.S. 2 east to Veazie. U.S. 202 follows Main Street south three blocks to Union Street and junction U.S. 1A & Maine 9. U.S. 202 & 1A and Maine 9 continue along Main Street to Interstate 395 where U.S. 202 joins the freeway briefly between Exits 3 and 2. U.S. 1A & Maine 9 span the Penobscot River into Brewer. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Complicating the intersection of U.S. 2, U.S. 202, and Maine 100 is Broad Street which stems southeast from Main Street nearby. Broad Street represents a short street between Main Street and Market Square to the east. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Scenes pertaining to U.S. 2
U.S. 1 & 2 bypass downtown Houlton via Kendall and Military Streets to the south and west. One block north of Military Street is Market Square/Main Street. This scene looks at Main Street eastbound within downtown. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Court Street intersects Main Street/Market Square in downtown. The north-south street becomes part of U.S. 1 south of Military Street. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Court Street southbound at junction U.S. 1 & 2 (Military Street). U.S. 2 east follows Military Street to Houlton International Airport and Interstate 95's northern terminus. U.S. 1 follows Court Street southward out of town en route to Calais. U.S. 1 north & 2 west follow Military Street one block west to U.S. 2A. Photo taken 06/27/05.