U.S. 202

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U.S. 202 meanders northeast from New Hampshire to Auburn, Lewiston, Augusta and Bangor in Maine. Following the Interstate 95 corridor, much like it does throughout the rest of its states, the highway primarily serves local needs rather than regional ones.

U.S. 202 north
U.S. 202 & Maine 11-17-100 (Western Avenue) eastbound near the trumpet interchange with Interstate 95 (Exit 109) on the outskirts of Augusta. Interstate 95 follows the Maine Turnpike mainline from the New Hampshire state line to Exit 113 (Maine 3). 06/28/05
Western Avenue intersects Whitten Road before crossing over Interstate 95. Whitten Road is a west side frontage road paralleling the Maine Turnpike south from U.S. 202 & Maine 11-17-100 to Winthrop Street. 06/28/05
Northbound U.S. 202 at the on-ramp to Interstate 95 (Maine Turnpike). I-95 travels 75 miles north to Bangor and 61 miles south to Portland. I-95 splits with Interstate 295 at the next southbound interchange in six miles. 06/28/05
U.S. 202 and friends continue east along Western Avenue toward Downtown Augusta. U.S. 202 merges with U.S. 201 at a traffic rotary 1.6 miles to the east. Maine 11-17-100 mingle with Maine 8 and 27 at the U.S. 201 and 202 roundabout as well. 06/28/05
U.S. 202 turns north from Western Avenue onto an expressway type alignment northeast from Hampden to Bangor. A signalized intersection joins the route with Coldbrook Road, which leads northwest from U.S. 1A & SR 9 to Exit 180 of I-95. 04/03/14
Leaving the East Hampden area, U.S. 202 north approaches a trumpet interchange with Interstate 395 in the city of Bangor. 04/03/14
U.S. 202 north combines with Interstate 395 east for a half mile to join Main Street north toward Downtown Bangor. I-395 continues east across the Penobscot River to Brewer while the freeway west ends at I-95 at the next westbound exit. 04/03/14
U.S. 202 North U.S. 1A / State Route 9 East
U.S. 202 departs from an overlap with I-395 east to join U.S. 1A & Maine 9 east along Main Street. The trio head north to Dutton Street and Hollywood Casino and Raceway.
This scene changed dramatically with construction of both the casino to the east and Cross Insurance Center, a sports and entertainment venue, to the west. 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. A large parking garage was built along the east side of Main Street here for the Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in 2007-08. 06/27/05
U.S. 1A & Maine 9 share 0.8 miles of pavement along Main Street with U.S. 202 between Interstate 395 and Cedar Street. Pictured here was a guide sign posted near Patten Street that outlined the long distance destinations of U.S. 1A south to Ellsworth and Maine 9 east to Calais. This sign was removed when Railroad Street was reconfigured from the default route of U.S. 1A & SR 9 to the Chamberlain Bridge into a local street for the adjacent Bangor Riverfront area. 06/27/05
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Sign changes were made to redirect U.S. 1A & Maine 9 east to Cedar Street in place of Railroad Street. The pair loop east along Cedar and Summer Streets to the Chamberlain Bridge across the Penobscot River into the city of Brewer. U.S. 202 continues north a short distance into Downtown Bangor, where it ends at U.S. 2. 06/27/05, 03/24/13
Railroad Street stems east from U.S. 1A & 202 (Main Street) to Front Street along the Penobscot River. 06/27/05
U.S. 1A & Maine 9 east part ways with U.S. 202 north at Cedar Street. The remainder of U.S. 202 north is unsigned as of 2011. 06/27/05
U.S. 202 North
U.S. 202 (Main Street) northbound at the intersection with Union Street (Maine 222). Union Street extends west from the Chamberlain Bridge (U.S. 1A & SR 9) to U.S. 2 & SR 100 (Hammond Street) as SR 222. SR 222 follows Union Street to Bangor International Airport (BGR). Right turns are prohibited here, so travelers destined for Brewer should have turned on Cedar Street. The northernmost Greyhound bus terminal was located at the northeast corner of Main and Union Streets in Bangor. Affective April 16, 2012, Greyhound shifted its operation to Dysart's Truck Stop in Hermon, six miles west of Downtown.1 03/24/13
Dropping into Downtown Bangor along U.S. 202 (Main Street) at Middle and Water Streets. Water Street east leads to Washington Street and the Oak Street bridge into Brewer. 06/27/05
U.S. 202 approaches its final intersections with Broad Street and U.S. 2 (Hammond Street / Central Street). Broad Street provides a short connector with the Market Square area nearby. Hammond Street carries U.S. 2 and the westbound beginning of Maine 100 to Interstate 95. 06/27/05
An end U.S. 202 sign assembly was posted at Main and Broad Streets, one half block off from U.S. 2 & Maine 100 (Hammond Street / Central Street). This assembly was replaced by 2011 to only reference U.S. 2. 06/27/05
U.S. 202 (Main Street) north defaults onto U.S. 2 (Hammond Street) east across Kenduskeag Stream to State and Harlow Streets. U.S. 2 west loops counter clockwise along Harlow and Central Streets to make the connection from State and Hammond Streets. 06/27/05
U.S. 202 South
U.S. 202 leaves U.S. 2 & Maine 100 (Hammond Street) for its southbound beginning. Posted at the Main Street intersection with Broad Street was the first reassurance marker. It was removed by 2011. 06/27/05
U.S. 1A & Maine 9 cross the Penobscot River between Brewer and Bangor via the Chamberlain Bridge. The pair loop away from the west bridge end onto Summer Street and Cedar Street to make the connection with U.S. 202 on Main Street. Union Street travels as SR 222 across U.S. 202 otherwise. 06/27/05
U.S. 1A & Maine 9 south combine with U.S. 202 (Main Street) south from Cedar Street. The trio head south from the Bangor central business district to split at Interstate 395. 06/27/05
U.S. 202 South U.S. 1A / State Route 9 West
U.S. 1A-Maine 9 west & U.S. 202 (Main Street) south at Railroad Street to the Bangor Waterfront area.
Historically Railroad Street east to Summer Street north represented the southbound alignment of U.S. 1A & SR 9 to the Chamberlain Bridge. 06/27/05
A sign bridge directs motorists along Main Street south toward Interstate 395 and its connection with I-95. The U.S. 2 marker here is erroneous as it should be U.S. 202, which joins I-395 west for a brief overlap. U.S. 1A travels south beyond I-395 to U.S. 1 at Stockton Springs while Maine 9 leaves U.S. 1A at Hampden for U.S. 202 and points west. 03/24/13
Main Street southbound at the intersection with Buck Street in south Bangor.
This stretch of Main Street changed dramatically with construction of the Hollywood Casino between U.S. 1A & 202 and the Penobscot River. A harness racing track lies just to the west of the adjacent Cross Insurance Center sports and entertainment venue. 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). This sign bridge was moved south of Dutton Street after 2007. 06/27/05
New mast arm signals went up at Dutton Street to coincide with completion of the Hollywood Casino. Overheads were retained for the U.S. 202 southbound turn onto Interstate 395 west & Maine 15 north. U.S. 1A & Maine 9 meanwhile continue along Main Street south for another 4.3 miles to Hampden and their parting of ways. 04/03/14
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 Exit 2. U.S. 202 and Maine 9 meet again at Hampden and remain overlapped from there westward to China and Augusta.
This overhead assembly was removed by 2011 and replaced with a new ground level sign at the gore point. 06/27/05
Interstate 395 ends two miles westward at Interstate 95 and U.S. 2 & Maine 100 (New Hammond Street / Odlin Road). Maine 15 follows I-395 between Brewer and I-95 to bypass Downtown Bangor. Newport is located west of Bangor along both I-95 and U.S. 2. 04/03/14
U.S. 202 scenes
U.S. 202 (Western Avenue) meets Interstate 95 (Maine Turnpike) in west Augusta via a pair of trumpet interchanges. Pictured here is the ramp split between Interstate 95 north to Waterville, Newport, Bangor Houlton, and Interstate 95 south to Lewiston, Portland and Kittery. The Maine Turnpike used to end here, but legislation signed in 2005 extended it northward to Exit 112 to allow the heaviest of trucks to use the road to Maine 3. 06/28/05
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Interstate 95 and Maine Turnpike shields posted at the ramp split from U.S. 202. I-95 south travels six miles to the split with Interstate 295. This section is tolled.
Northbound travelers continue two miles to Maine 8-11-27. While Interstate 95 north of U.S. 202 is now apart of the Turnpike, it remains a free facility. 06/28/05
Reassurance markers remind motorists of their on-ramp for Interstate 95 and the Maine Turnpike southbound. U.S. 202 cross paths with I-95 again at Lewiston (Exit 75). 06/28/05

Sources:
  1. "Greyhound terminal moving to Dysart's on Monday." The Bangor Daily news, April 10, 2012.


Photo Credits:

  • 06/27/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 06/28/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.
  • 03/24/13 by I.C. Ligget.
  • 04/03/14 by I.C. Ligget.

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 395
U.S. 1A
U.S. 2

Page Updated 02-02-2015.

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