On I-95 north on the Piscataqua River Bridge. This sign is technically still in NH, but since it reffers to a Maine exit, I'll but it here.
A view of the Piscataqua river bridge.
Just entering Maine on I-95 north. This appears to be NHDOT signage. Hmmm.
The first real freeway sign seen in Maine on I-95 north in Kittery.
exit 1 and also approaching exit 2 and 3. Notice in the middle sign, you see the control city of "Traffic Circle". Traffic Circle is not a city, it is indeed a traffic circle and shouldn't be used as a control city.
exit 2 and approaching exit 3. If you notice, you'll see an Eisenhower Interstate System shield on the left sign. I have never seen one of those signs before on a freeway sign.
The ever popular Welcome to Maine sign on I-95 north approaching exit 3.
exit 3. I don't know why there is a blank space on the top right of the left sign, so I might figure its a Maine Turnpike shield, since it begins at the toll plaza just ahead. The sign to the right shows how Maine likes to advertise US 1 as "Coastal Route". The signs on the poles to the side show Maine's state law for boaters to remove all plants to avoid milfoil.
Seen on the exit 3 ramp.
After exit 3, an advance sign for a rest area and info center for all info on Maine stuff (no kidding).
This sign tells motorists that you are entering the Maine Turnpike. Even though this is the Maine Turnpike, the Maine Turnpike Authority doesn't begin its maintenance till after the toll ahead.
Indeed, Maine can be tough when it comes to drinking and driving, hence "TOUGH" being written in red. Zoom in for a closeup.
The exit to the rest area between exit 3 and 7 (mile based exits in Maine).
First sign for the upcoming exit 7.
Before exit 7, is a weigh station.
First sign for the upcoming toll plaza on I-95 north in York, ME.
exit 7. Dig how the yellow sign says its the last exit for the toll "highway" instead of just "road".
More toll signs.
Lane identification signs for the upcoming toll.
A view of the toll itself which lies on a curve after exit 7.
Closeup of one of the changeable signs that is backlit at night. Notice the signal and how the center section is sat unused.
The first Maine Turnpike shield seen right after the toll plaza. Also, where is the directional plate?
The Maine Turnpike is one of the very few roads in America to use the metric system. Here is the first english/metric distance sign.
Down at the beginning of the Maine Turnpike, the MTA (Maine Turnpike Authority) advertises any major tourist destination for the long distance travelers. I kinda like it!
The MTA also advertises where the 3 Maine Turnpike service plazas are.
Right before exit 36 on the Maine Turnpike, there is an exit to the Saco Hotel and Conference center. I'll tell you more when we get there.
A red freeway sign advertises when the Maine Turnpike was first signed.
For travelers to Boothbay Harbor Region, you get onto the Falmouth Spur to I-295 north to US 1. More signs are posted when ya get there ;).
A sign that looks all too temporary seen before exit 19. Since the font is way too small, zoom in for a little bit better view. It shows the beach points that are accsessed at the next exit. C'mon MTA, you can do better than this.
The first sign for the upcoming Kennebunk service plaza.
approaching exit 19. I am not sure why the "2 MILES" and "3.2 km" is patched over or what is underneath it.
For the beach goers.
For the typical park & ride.
A typical view of the 6-lane stretch of the Maine Turnpike south of I-295 in Scarborough.
approaching exit 25. Kennebunkport is also home to the President George Bush ocean home!
The Kennebunk Service Plaza is accessed as well just at the exit 25 interchange.
Kennebunk Service plaza exit sign.
A view to show how close exit 25 is with the Kennebunk service plaza.
Approaching exit 32.
Another advance sign for the Saco Hotel and Conference Center. It would be more easier to show how far it is rather than what mile marker its at.
Notice how the sky changed? This was taken the next day on a trip down to Biddeford to a dive shop we like to go to. Anyway, this is approaching exit 36 to I-195, a short interstate to Old Orchard Beach. I like how this tall sign is mounted on the bridge.
A sign that basically says the previous one seen just after the previous one. "EXIT 36" is patched over "NEXT RIGHT" due to confusion for the Saco Hotel exit just before exit 36.
Another sign for the upcoming exit 36. I always thought this sign was extremely tall (one of the tallest I've seen). Zoom in for a better view of the patches underneath the sign.
Approaching the Saco Hotel exit.
The exit to the Saco Hotel and Conference Center. This used to be a trumpet interchange that was exit 4A (before the exit renumbering) to ME 112 but now is an access road to the Saco Hotel and is only accessed northbound.
For those travelers to Freeport and Maine's Mid-Coast, take I-95 north to the Falmouth Spur to I-295, then US 1.
approaching exit 42.
The University of Southern Maine can be accessed by this exit and the next (I-295).
Scarborough Downs, Maine's largest race track and can be accessed at this exit.
For the Portland Sports Complex, drivers go onto I-295 north.
The Casco Bay region is accessed by the next exit by getting on I-295 north to US 1.
A rather large freeway sign is here to show drivers what exits to go to for the Portland points.
Approaching exit 44 with NHDOT spec metric signage by having the metric to the side of the english and have it in perenthesis.
approaching exit 44 and 45.
exit 44. I think the exit 44 sign shouldn't just have S. Portland and Downtown as its control cities because I-295 accesses much more than that. Its also not every day you see 3 control cities on a pull through sign.
more exit 45. Be afraid, be very afraid of Payne Rd =O.
approaching exit 46, the main road to get to the Portland International Jetport.
These are the runway landing lights for the runway at the Portland Jetport.
Approaching exit 47. Notice the space to the left of the ME 27 shield. It used to be "TO ME 27" before the Westbrook Arterial was built.
exit 47 and approaching exit 48.
approaching exit 52. A lot to say about this one. If you look closely, you can see that the "TO" above I-295 is patched on. It covers "NORTH" and the I-295 shield covers an I-95 shield actually. Why? Well, I-95/Maine Turnpike used to be I-495 north of exit 52 and the north end of I-495 used to be where the north end of I-295 now is. When I-495 exsisted, I-95 turned onto exit 52/Falmouth Spur and then turned to continue onto the current I-295 north of the Falmouth Spur. This all happened in 2004, so its not rare to find evidence of when I-495 exsisted, like these patched signs and 3-digit wide I-95 signs. The Falmouth Spur however, now has the unsigned I-495 designation.
Next in line for exit 52, is this diagrammicle sign. If you notice, the I-95 shield to the left is wider than normal. Well, that does cover an I-495 shield. To the right, the I-295 and US 1 shields look out of place and patched over. When I-495 exsisted, that just said "NORTH I-95".
This sign guides motorises to the coastal route/US 1. This shows Maine's obsession for calling US 1 the coastal route, even though US 1 barely even touches the ocean.
exit 52 with the same evidence of I-495 (3-digit wide I-95 and patched "TO"). Its also not common for the sign for the next exit to be left of the pull through sign.
Now on I-95/Maine Turnpike/Old I-495 north approaching exit 53.
A view of a typical Maine Turnpike toll plaza. Drivers exiting the turnpike, normally don't have to pay a toll. Drivers entering the turnpike, do. If one was entering the turnpike, say, here, and wanted to exit at, say, Biddeford, that one driver would only pay 1 toll. But if he were entering, say, here, and going to either end of the turnpike, he would pay 2 tolls (the end point tolls). There are also exiting tolls at exits 52 and 44, so if he were getting on here, and exiting there, he'd pay 2 tolls aswell. Make sense?
Typical Maine box wire span signal with signals having the New England color combo and backplates. If you'll notice, the signal wires are mounted on telephone poles, which is also standard in Maine.
Closeup of the signal heads.
Another closeup showing the normal backplates being louvered. I really like the look of these signals, so I have many views :P
And... another view.
At the exit 53 onramp to the Maine Turnpike. It lacks any interstate or turnpike shields and appears that the "Old Orchard" and "Quebec" signs are afterthoughts.
An interesting looking arrow sign showing the curve around the trumpet interchange.
Going southbound on I-95/Maine Turnpike approaching exit 52.
exit 52. This used to be the south end of I-495, but even when it exsisted, there were no evidence that it ended, just the transition from I-495 shields, to I-95 shields.
On the Falmouth Spur/Unsigned I-495 east approaching the toll.
The said toll. This is one of the rare instances on the Maine Turnpike where exiting Maine Turnpike travelers have to pay a toll (the other being exit 44 to I-295). But since this did used to be I-95 and would get a ton of traffic, exceptions were made.
After the toll, we come to this sign where it shows destinations along the central Maine coast. It appears as if "TOPSHAM" was an after thought.
What seems to be new signage before the US 1/I-295 split up ahead.
Here, Maine Turnpike maintenance ends, not the road itself. But I like your effort.
The split between US 1 and I-295. There is no way to get onto I-295 south from the Falmouth Spur without getting onto surface streets and encountering traffic signals. Traffic has to get onto US 1 south and then onto Bucknam Rd to get to I-295 south.
Signage after where US 1 north branches off.
Now on I-295 north, we see distances for the upcoming cities.
These seem to be standard on the freeways of Maine (except for the Maine Turnpike). I think they could be due to dangerous weather conditions. The center lights up a speed and the sign is solar powered. Just one question: what flashes? The speed? I dunno. All I know is that before 2005, there used to be cooler verseions of these signs where there would be a single flasher at the top and the center would be a light up "45".
I-295 north approaching exit 15.
Now on US 1 north in Yarmouth.
Standard freeway entrance signs in Maine with an unstandard ugly stretched 2-digit I-295 shield.
Older Maine signal with all dark green signals.
Anyone notice whats wrong here? US 1 in Yarmouth (same location for the next few photos).
Older looking Maine signal with a modern signal brand.
Another older signal installation with older signals.
And another older signals with blocky looking backplates.
Even closer view.
Interesting signal approach arrangement approaching an intersection on US 1 with a connector road to Old Country Rd (bridge in background). The lights wig-wag.
The intersection showing a modern box-wire signal arrangement.
Closer view. I do like the look of these signals.
US 1 at I-295 (exit 17) showing the typical Maine wooden post arrangement aaaaannnndd... STATE NAMED SHIELDS! Ooo I'm glad Maine still uses them :D.
Ah yes, standard Maine blue destination signs. These are pretty much seen on all non-freeway roads in Maine and they are seen EVERYWHERE!
A typical Maine flasher beacon showing a tiny bit of an overkill. Are 2 flasher beacons that wig-wag needed for a simple rural intersection? Eh...
US 1 north approaching another encounter with I-295. Now in Freeport.
A typical back road Maine destination sign showing lack of mileage.
Now entering downtown Freeport (home to L.L. Bean!) with a typical Maine mast arm signal. US 1 at West St.
US 1 at ME 125/136. This is the southern end of ME 125 and ME 136. I have many views of this intersection later on since I really do like the look of it.
Closer view of the doghouse signal.
South of Freeport on US 1 with ANOTHER friggin intersection with I-295. There are many.
Here we are! An ancient speed limit sign with the old MDOT (Maine Dept. Of Transportation) font! This is on US 1 approaching downtown Brunswick.
Here is US 1 approaching the business district of Brunswick. This is at the east end of a short connector from I-295 to US 1. This sign shows how Maine grabs your attention of the signs by putting flourescent orange diamond signs on the top corners of the sign (kinda looks like flags on the signs). These are typical on most signs, especially speed limit signs.
Yay, more I-295...
Now on US 1 north through Brunswick. This shows older Maine span wire signals with backplates.
At the next intersection north, we encounter even older signals! Econolite bulls-eye signals!
Closeup of some of the signals. The doghouse and the signal facing left are LFE/Automatic signals while the signals facing the other way are Econolite bulls-eye signals! The red siren light flashes when emergency vehicles are present.
Up at the east end of the Brunswick business district (but not the city itself), we come to an intersection of a road that connects to ME 24, ME 123, and US 201. US 1 however, turns left onto a smaller side street before it becomes a full-blown freeway over to Bath.
The intersection with older mast armage signals. This is also the last real traffic signal intersection for about 35 miles. The next signal is at US 1 and ME 32 in Waldoboro.
Right before the freeway starts to Bath, we have an exit onto ME 24 south.
Now onto the US 1 freeway between Brunswick and Bath, we come to the first eastbound exit with ME 196. This is the east end of ME 196 also.
Here is a shot of one of 2 stack interchanges within the entire state of Maine. The other being along I-295 in Portland.
Along US 1 after ME 196 we see this sign. This reffers to low flying aircraft from the Brunswick N.A.S. (Naval Air Station). Though, since the Brunswick N.A.S. will soon be killed, signs like this will go with it.
Approaching ME 24.
These poles are actually height detectors. The bridge at the trumpet interchange up ahead is at a low clearance so vehicles that exceed the height limit, must exit off at the next exit.
Here is the signal which tells you that you are too tall.
And here is the ME 24 exit which leads to the Brunswick N.A.S., a naval air station that is in the process of closing.
US 1 north approaching New Meadows Rd.
After the New Meadows Rd exit on US 1 north, there is a state police truck and bus check. I am not too farmiliar with what goes on here, so may be someone who is seeing this can help me out :D. I think when the state police is active here, the lights that are said to flash will be installed at the top of the sign.
Right before the end of the US 1 freeway between Brunswick and Bath ends, there is an exit into downtown Bath, which also leads to a visitor info center.
here is the state police truck-bus check.
Now entering the metro Bath area, we see a sign directing to its exits.
Approaching the first Bath exit.
Now we enter the more populated Bath area were the speed reduces to 35 m.p.h. This also shows Maine's style of reduced speed signage and shows how Maine likes the orange diamond signs.
Bath, city of ships!
For travelers who want to go through Bath and head north onto US 1 toward Wiscasset, Rockland, etc., you go onto the left lane and for the local traffic motorists, keep to the right for the exits to Bath.
The first Bath exit where this sign shows how Maine likes installing some freeway signs on just one pole like so.
Now into the more commercial area of Bath, US 1 encounters small side streets into the town and its homes. This street also happens to be an alternate to ME 209.
Notice the sky and vehicles changed? Yea, this was taken at a different time. Anyway, after Western Ave, US 1 has a small intersection with Quimby St.
US 1 at the final major intersections before the freeway ends and crosses the Sagadahoc Bridge over the Kennebec River into the small town of Woolwhich.
At the ME 209 exit, MDOT provides u-turn access for motorists wanting to access the businesses missed going north because of the barrier in the middle of the highway. The brown sign directs motorists to the Maine Maritime Museum. Though IMHO, the more direct route toward it, would be to take the "BATH" exit to Washington St and go that way. More direct.
Now, as the US 1 freeway ends and goes over the Kennebec River, it has its final exit which happens to be the main exit into the city of Bath.
At the bottom of the ramp we get to an intersection with older all green Crouse Hinds type R signals. The intersection as you can see has a rail road crossing in the middle.
On ME 209 south just entering the town of Phippsburg from Bath. This shows how Maine can get crazy with putting freeway sized speed limit signs with the flashy looking orange diamond sign on small rural 2-lane roads with light traffic. Overkill?
On ME 209 south approaching ME 216, a very short and minor route heading south to Small Point.
The intersection. From here, ME 209 makes a turn to the left toward Popham Beach. This shows how Maine doesn't like using directional tabs at times.
This shows the beginning of ME 216. This is basically how ME 216 looks on its entire route.
Here further down 209, we come to some more of those Maine destination signs showing how they can be come all sorts of different colors and fonts. All are made of wood.
Here at the intersection seen in the previous photo. Here, 209 has a curve and turns south at an intersection with Parker Head Rd.
More ME 209 south approaching the entrance to Popham Beach State Park. I also really like the look of the yellow sign below showing the lane movement. Never seen one of those like it before.
Here is the entrance to the right. If you zoom in, you can see a closeup of the blue sign to the left. It tells you the way to Fort Popham, an old 1600's fort thats placed at the south end of ME 209.
Closer view showing an interesting shape for the park entrance sign. There are some interesting shaped signs around here, not just this one.
Here at the parking toll at Popham Beach State Park, we see a very odly shaped STOP sign. This is the most oddly shaped sign in the park aswell as down the road at Fort Popham and Fort Baldwin, which is also maintained by the same people. Also notice the off font and lack of white outline.
After the state park entrance, is this very old ME 209 shield and is also the last one seen before the southern end.
Here is a closeup of the sign! It is made of wood and has the old MDOT font. Its different because the 9 is curly at the bottom and the bottom hump of the 2 is higher. Dates back from the early 70's!
The last passing zone seen before the southern end of ME 209 and gives a shot of how narrow the highway gets toward the end.
ME 209 makes one final turn at Fort Baldwin Rd, which leads to another fort thats a twin of Fort Popham.
More Maine destination signs.
Here is a vew of the southern end of ME 209, where the lines end. After they end, the state park commission maintains the road aswell as Fort Popham.
Now looping around onto ME 209 north. Here is a typical sign in Maine where it warns you about a hidden driveway as well as show you where it comes off the road. Common site in Maine.
A view of the sign assembly seen at the entrance to Popham Beach State Park guiding motorists where to get back onto US 1. It also shows Maine's use of wood. On the bottom left corner of each sign is the standard MDOT dating sticker.
ME 209 north at Parker Head Rd.
ME 209 north approaching ME 216.
The final sign before the ME 216/ME 209 intersection. This shows another early 70's spec MDOT sign. This shows how Maine once used unisigns. Next photo shows a closeup.
Here is a closeup showing the early MDOT font. There is a date stamped on the bottom corner of the 216 square. It reads "3 87" which tells you that it was put up on March of 1987!
Now onto US 1 north at the mid point of the Sagadahoc Bridge leaving Bath and into the small town of Woolwhich. Now approaching ME 127.
The ME 127 exit. From here, ME 127 has a very short multiplex with US 1, but signage here doesn't show it.
Now just passed the previous intersection on US 1/ME 127 north, we approach the intersection where ME 127 leaves US 1 and heads north.
The intersection showing more standard Maine blinkers.
After leaving Woolwhich on US 1 north, US 1 goes into a swamp like area where at certain times, flooding of US 1 is possible so here are flashers warning motorists if such event happens.
Now on a somewhat rural stretch of US 1 between Bath and Wiscasset (with some businesses/gas stations etc.), we come to this sign which is common in Maine. It tells you to watch for vehicles who have to slow down or stop when they are turning (duh).
And just down the road we come here to this sign which speaks for itself (saves me the caption).
Here on US 1 at Nequasset Rd, we see another style of signal arrangement.
And again just down the road on US 1 north, we come to another common flasher seen at Mountain Rd.
On US 1 approaching ME 144. The airport shield leads you to the small Wiscasset Airport.
The intersection. This is the north end of ME 144.
Just after the ME 144 intersection on US 1 north, we come to this sign telling motorists to the towns that lie ahead.
Now entering downtown Wiscasset on US 1 north, we come to an intersection with ME 27 where this sign telling which towns are which way.
Notice anything odd here? Yup, these signs are legit. You are going on US 1 NORTH and ME 27 SOUTH. But you can't go both north AND south! Well, this is one of those rare occurrences known as a "wrong-way" multiplex. You are really going east at this point. US 1 will continue north to Rockland in a few miles and at that same point, ME 27 will go south down to Boothbay.
On US 1 north/ME 27 south still in Wiscasset approaching ME 218.
The intersection signage. This is the south end of ME 218.
At the same intersection we see how Maine installs their route signage. All the signs are mounted on wood posts and you can see the signs at the top have green posts connecting each other. This is common in Maine.
A shot of the bridge just leaving Wiscasset carrying US 1 and ME 27.
Just over the bridge (and I mean just) we come to another common flasher with just one beacon. This style is fading out and now 2 flashers are being installed at intersections like these. There are many more like this still around though. This is at Eddy Rd.
Now approaching the split where ME 27 branches off of US 1. ME 27 is the main road down to the Boothbay Harbor Reagion therefore there is a lot of info for traveler help.
The intersection which marks the other end (no idea which end to call it. May be the east) of the US 1/ME 27 wrong way multiplex. US 1 continues north/east toward Damariscotta and Rockland, while ME 27 goes south toward the Boothbay Harbor Region.
Now northward to an intersection with River Rd, an alternate into the town of Damariscotta.
As we approach Damariscotta, we see a sign which leads you to the Pemaquid points. To get there, one must take US 1 Business (just ahead) and go through the town of Damariscotta. Then, you get onto ME 129 south, to ME 130, and that'll pretty much take you there.
Approaching US 1 Business on US 1, Maine gets crazy with these blue destination signs (this is common).
Approaching US 1 Business, an old alignment of US 1 into Damariscotta. US 1 was killed through the town and remarked as US 1 Business when a super-2 by-pass of the town was built.
Just before the split between US 1/US 1 business, we see signs to ME 129, ME 130, and ME 215, which are minor roads that lead you to various points off of US 1.
The US 1/US 1 Business shields at the split. Notice how the right sign says its US 1B. Now, this is an error. Its not US 1B Business, its just plain US 1 Business.
Now onto US 1 Business, we enter Damariscotta with a junction with ME 215. This is also a view of older 70's spec Maine shields! Many more to come in this small town.
Shield assembly just after the junction with ME 215. If you can tell, the "BUSINESS" plaque is the oldest sign in this assembly where the font is older MDOT font (biggest hint is the rather curvy "S").
Through the town and at an intersection with ME 129. This shows what seems to be town erected signals with old fashioned curvy mast arms that are black. These signals were just installed in 2008 I believe. If you zoom in on the sign assembly to the right, you'll see it says "SOUTH ME 130". This is an error as it should be "TO ME 130". ME 130 doesn't begin till a few miles south of here on ME 129 in Bristol.
Now on ME 129 south with correct signage showing "TO ME 130". Also, my camera isn't eskew, the pole is really at that angle.
On ME 129 south with an intersection of Miles St in Damariscotta. A not too common flasher beacon which is mounted on a mast arm.
Just south of an intersection with School St on ME 129 south, we come to this intersection.
On ME 129 south in Bristol (I think), we come to an intersection with ME 130.
The intersection. This is the north end of ME 130. ME 129 heads south toward South Bristol, Rutherford Island, and Christmas Cove while ME 130 heads also south toward Bristol, New Harbor, and Pemaquid Point.
Now on ME 130 south.
On ME 130 south at an intersection with Harrington Rd in Bristol.
ME 130 south approaching an intersection with Fort Rd.
The intersection. Fort Rd heads west toward Fort William Henry and Colonial Pemaquid aswell as Pemaquid Beach.
ME 130 south approaching ME 32 in New Harbor.
The intersection. Notice the shields are smaller then normal. These can become common at rural intersections.
Where the lines end marks the southern end of ME 130. This is in Pemaquid Point, home to the lighthouse that is on the state quarter.
Swing on up back to US 1 Business in Damariscotta we see another old US 1 shield and the Business shield is even older, possibly original to when this became US 1 Business. Its so old, it went from its original white color, to a dark green, and is hardly visible to motorists. The "1" in the US 1 shield is older MDOT font where the top is curly.
Closer view. The Business also has the old MDOT font.
Literally just accross the street is this old ME 129 shield that seems to be doing well. Again, has the old MDOT font. On the top right, there is a very small text that says "M 78" which tells you it was put up on March of 1978.
Now down to ME 27 in Bar Harbor is the back of a typical doghouse signal in Maine. If you can see, the top section is aluminum while the rest are polycarbonate (poly). The reason that is, is because of strength. The reason a poly section isn't at the top, is because a single poly section couldnt support the weight of two 2-section signals. This can be standard in any state that uses poly signals, doghouses, and span wires.
This shows today's version of Maine's dating sticker. Just the year, thats it. This one is of course from 2007. The older ones were at least more interesting with having the year and the month.
Hehe. This was in a restaraunt in Boothbay Harbor. This is just a decoration. Though, this is not a Maine US 1. It came from Florida. Mile 0 refers to the beginning of US 1 down in Key West.
Now on ME 27 south in Boothbay we see this construction sign. This seems to be common in Maine and I have never seen this anywhere else.
Here on ME 27 south of Boothbay, we come to a swing bridge. These aren't too common.
A view from aside.
Luckely, when we went accross it, the bridge was just openning up!
A view from when it was just openning!
We watched the whole thing!
This guy has to lube it three times daily. This is looking at the center to see where its controls are.
Facing northbound on ME 27 approaching the bridge.
And the warning sign/signal with some older flashing lights.
A closeup of the back of the signals shows 2 things: 1) they are one of my favorite brand of traffic signals, Safetran :D, and 2) they appear to have been painted yellow before they were painted green.
Now on ME 27 south just after the bridge approaching ME 238, Maine's highest numbered state route.
The intersection. This is the north end of ME 238.
Now swing around onto a perspective of the previous intersection from ME 238 north.
Now north to ME 27 at ME 96 in Boothbay Harbor. This is the north end of ME 96.
And to the next intersection north on ME 27 north at the entrance to the local high school in Boothbay Harbor. The side that I took the photo from had its bulb burnt out. I am not sure on the brand of the signal. It may be Marbelite, but not too sure.
Now north of Boothbay Harbor on ME 27 north, we come to this lonely assembly directing motorists to US 1.
Zoom up north to the junction with US 1.
Now pop over to (haven't we dont enough of that?) ME 209 north in Phippsburg, ME. This shows the current style of Maine school signal. Notice how high up its mounted.
Now onto US 1 south in Bath just after the Sagadahoc Bridge. This is also at the start of the US 1 freeway between Bath and Brunswick.
US 1 at Congress Ave.
US 1 south at the New Meadows Rd exit.
approaching the ME 24 exit.
ME 24 exit with the lights serving as a height detector for a low bridge ahead.
Approaching ME 196. A pedestrian/bike walkway is to the right.
At the ME 196 interchange. Notice how both ways lead to ME 24 and I-295. If you want to get to I-295 fast, take ME 196. That way, you avoid the unbelievable bottleneck on US 1 through Brunswick where the freeway ends.
Approaching US 201 and ME 24. In the background is a view of a stack interchange. 1 of 2 in the whole state of Maine, the other being on I-295 in Portland.
Approaching the US 1/US 201/ME 24 interchange, we see this sign showing which cities are accessed by which lanes. Since the sign is partially obscurred by tree branches and leaves, the sign to the left says "BRUNSWICK LEFT LANE" and the sign to the right says "TOPSHAM RIGHT LANE".
The intersection showing how to save money on everhead "EXIT ONLY" signs and just having it say "RIGHT LANE EXIT ONLY". This is also the south end of US 201.
Now at the west end of the US 1 freeway between Brunswick and Bath, US 1 rises up onto surface streets and the first intersection is a road that leads toward ME 24 south.
Now approaching the first traffic signal for many miles, we see this assembly. An accsess freeway type road leads from US 1 to I-295 begins in a few miles after the awful traffic that lies ahead throught he Brunswick business district.
Now on US 1 south at an intersection with River Rd (right) and Webster St (left). Here, you can see a variety of old signals such as Econolite bulls-eye signals, LFE/Automatics, and Econolite short groves (ped signals).
A closeup of one of the Econolite bulls-eye signals in the previous photo.
To the next intersection to the south we come to Church Rd with older LFE/Automatic signals on span wire.
A closeup of one of the signals. As you can see, the 4 section signal has a 3 section signal backplate. Which tells you that possibly the bottom section (2-color LED arrow) was an add-on.
Now on US 1 south past the Brunswick business district. This is at the beginning of a short freeway that connects US 1 to I-295 in Brunswick.
For those motorists who want to stay on US 1 south, you must turn around ahead and get on the other side of the freeway where an exit leads to US 1 south.
US 1 south u-turn to the left.
On the connector freeway approaching I-295. Its not every day you see a diagrammicle sign on pedestal posts like so. What this sign doesn't tell you is how far I-295 is up ahead, which is only like a 1/4 of a mile.
At the split.
Now onto I-295 south approaching exit 22.
exit 22 and also approaching exit 20.
exit 20 where now its saying that it leads to US 1, which it does.
I-295 south shield after exit 20.
approaching exit 17.
approaching exit 15.
exit 15 (alright, enough of the US 1 exits already).
Approaching I-95/Maine Turnpike with a rather large diagrammicle sign.
Closeup of the sign (taken another day).
Any turnpike info can be found at said radia station.
More southbound assemblies. Notice the lack of direction tabs on the I-295 shield. You may recognize these signs if you saw the Steven King movie "The Mist". These were seen toward the end of the movie. It may have been these signs, or the next pair of signs.
Just after exit 11, is exit 10 (I know, so surprising).
The fastest way to the Portland Int'l Jetport is to take I-95/Maine Turnpike south.
exit 11 and also approaching exit 10. I also like how it says "TOLL HIGHWAY" rather than "TOLL ROAD", in which most states do.
Now merging onto exit 11 and now onto the Falmouth spur east at the beginning of the Maine Turnpike maintenance.
Approaching the toll.
Seen just after the toll is this sign showing a little turnpike history.
This is standard MTA signage showing to slow down when bad weather (as if you didn't already know).
Now toward the end of the spur (more of a connector really), we see our first signs for the I-95 junction.
As I already explained earilier on, I-95/Maine Turnpike north of the Falmouth Spur used to be I-495. If you zoom in, you can see that 95 is more blue than the rest of the interstate sign. Well that of course covers I-495! Zoom in for a better view.
Closeup showing the 3-digit I-95 shield covering an I-495 shield.
Now on I-95/Maine Turnpike south we see signs like these for the Maine ski resorts and lake regions.
Now entering the Portland area, we see the exits for the area.
approaching exit 48.
approaching exit 47.
I-95 and Maine Turnpike shields seen after exit 48. These are the more standard look to the shields.
approaching exit 46, which is also the main road to the Portland Jetport.
For the travelers who want to get to the Old Orchard Beach area, you get off at exit 36 and onto I-195 east.
Approaching exit 45. Since I-295 can't be accessed by I-95/Maine Turnpike south directly, one must get onto a short connector freeway to I-295 north from here.
Seen just before exit 45, is this brown sign showing when the Maine Turnpike first opened and showing its a national historic civil engineering landmark. Since this is a toll road, the Maine Turnpike can actually afford to waste money and put up signs like these :D.
Approaching exit 42.
The first sign for the Kennebunk Service area.
approaching exit 36.
approaching exit 32.
At the exit 32 offramp, we see another standard Maine Turnpike toll booth.
Lets shimmy up to Freeport shall we? Here on US 1 north approaching ME 125/ME 136 with a New Hampshire style "JUNCTION" unisign.
The intersection (which happens to be the south end of ME 125 AND ME 136. This is seen earlier in the album, but since I really like the look of the signals, I have my photos...
A view of a newly installed sign assembly (2008 according to the sticker) at the intersection. Did I mention I love that Maine is still doing state-named interstate shields??
A view of the intersection from the sidewalk.
Closer view of the signals.
Another view. The red section is aluminum while the rest are poly. The signals at the intersection are McCain signals.
A view of the ped signals. Maine likes installing ped signals where the hand/man are in the center of it and the hand is outlined.
On ME 125/ME 136 north after US 1. I-295 is just ahead.
An extreme closeup of the I-295 shield. This is today's version of the shield. The text at the bottom reads "MDOT03" which shows that MDOT doesn't always put stickers on their signs. It was of course put up in 2003.
And, more of the intersection.
Perspective from US 1 north.
Lookie there, another closeup!
And from ME 125/ME 136 south.
Going south on US 1.
In downtown Freeport, we see another I-295 Maine shield.
On ME 125/ME 136 north at I-295. Compared to the other Maine I-295 shields, these look a little funky.
Now on I-295 north after exit 22.
approaching exit 24. The sign looks a little cramped doesn't it?
Another shot of these maximum speed signs. I do like the look of them.
exit 24. This is a northbound exit/entrance by the way
I-295 shield just after the exit.
Carpool info signs are common on the freeways of Maine.
Now approaching Brunswick and Topsham, we see a sign for different exits to US 1.
Approaching exit 28. This does show how Maine likes to advertise US 1 as the coastal route, even though it barely even touches the coast.
Since the sign is partially obscured by a tree, the second like reads "BOOTHBAY REGION" and the bottom city reads "ROCKLAND". This is also the only time I have ever seen the word "OR" on an exit tab.
now the real exit 28 ;) (hehe, I was tired when I captioned these).
approaching exit 31.
a good view of a typical I-295 state named shield seen on the road itself.
A better way to US 1 is to take ME 196 east instead of the previous exit since US 1 through Brunswick has AWFUL traffic.
This sign (the exit 31 sign, not the speed limit) actually used to be mounted on the bridge you see to the left, and the sign in the previous photo used to be mounted on the posts the exit 31 sign here is currently mounted on (make sense?).
At atop of the exit 31 offramp, we see this assembly that lacks ME 196 shields AND "TO US 1" shields.
Signal for right turning traffic. Its also not standard in Maine to have turn signals not have red arrows.
Now on ME 196 east at an intersection with Topsham Fair Mall Rd in Topsham. These signals are all yellow, which are sometimes seen in Maine.
Closeup of the signals. The middle signal actually has one of those white strobes in the red sections.
Signals that face the Topsham Fair Mall Rd in the previous pic. I don't think I have ever seen 4-section signals 3 in a row before.
After the intersection, is this assembly with an ugly looking US 201 shield.
At the next intersection with Mallett Dr.
And at the next intersection with Hamilton Ct. The red light in the left signal is not out. The type of LED wouldn't show up on my camera.
Now down ME 196 south approaching the intersection with US 201 with New Jersey style signs (showing black background in the US shields). Note how US 201 north isn't mentioned here.
And the intersection. I thought this intersection looks exactly like one out of Pennsylvania. The only thing that makes it unlike PA, is the fact that the left turn signals have red arrows in them (PA hates those).
On ME 196 east at an intersection with Village Dr in Topsham. This shows today's style of Maine's mast arm signals.
Closer view. Notice how the through arrow sign lacks "ONLY" written at the bottom. Thats standard in Maine.
And now at the next intersection with a connector road to ME 24. This is again in Topsham.
Closer view of one of the signal heads shows that the red section has a strobe in it.
Popping into Topsham with an intersection at ME 24 and US 201.
At this intersection is the official south end of US 201, at an interchange with US 1 in Brundwick. The signals here are on permanent flash mode.
Closeup of one of the sign assemblies in the previous photo.
Now in downtown Brunswick, we come to a pedestrian crossing.
Closeup of the signals and the signs. The signal to the left is actually an old 12-8-8 inch Singer brand signal and the one to the right is an old 12-8-8 inch Eagle flatback signal.
Now at an intersection of ME 24 and Pleasant St.
ME 24 south approaching ME 123, the main road down to Harpswell and that peninsula.
The signs at the intersection.
The intersection showing not all modern Maine signal's get backplates.
ME 24 south at an intersection with a small mini mall in Cooks Corner.
Closer view of the signals and showing how faded a lot of aluminum Maine signals can get (now wonder they switched over to poly).
Now at ME 24 south at the entrance to the Brunswick N.A.S.
I decided to include this since the naval air station is being decomissioned this year.
ME 24 south at an entrance to more shops in Cooks Corner.
ME 24 south at an intersection where ME 24 turns to the south toward Orrs and Baily Islands. To the left, is a short connector road to a trumpet interchange with US 1. Straight ahead, you'll be on Bath Rd, an old alignment of US 1 before the freeway between Bath and Brunswick was built.
Arrows anyone? Closeup of the signals in the previous photo.
Old font ME 209 shield northbound in Bath. Notice the older reference marker on below the shield. Not sure what it means though.