Fall Foliage Along I-95 From Virginia to Maine – Part One: New Hampshire and Maine

Fall Foliage Along I-95 From Virginia to Maine – Part One: New Hampshire and Maine

Mid October is a special treat for I-95 travelers in the Northeast. That’s when fall foliage colors are at their peak all along the I-95 corridor… From Northern Virginia to Maine. This three-part series showcases fall foliage road-trips along I-95 state-by state. Let’s check out New Hampshire and Maine…

While fall foliage in nearly all of Vermont is past peak viewing, central and southern New Hampshire and all but the northernmost regions of Maine are at peak conditions.

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3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

New estimates released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 3.2 trillion miles last year. It is the fifth straight year of increased mileage on public roads throughout the nation, and underscores the demands facing America’s roads and bridges, and reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure.

The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report – a monthly estimate of U.S. road travel – show that more than 263.6 billion miles were driven in December 2016 alone, which is a .5 percent increase over the previous December.

The December 2016 report also includes seasonally-adjusted data, which is conducted by USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics as a way to even out seasonal variation in travel and enable vehicle miles travelled (VMT) comparisons with any other month in any year. The seasonally-adjusted VMT for December 2016 were 269.3 billion miles. Compared with seasonally adjusted November 2016 data, December 2016 VMT fell slightly by .6 percent but rose 0.6 percent from December 2015. The estimates include passenger vehicle, bus and truck travel.

At 2.9 percent, traffic in the West – a 13-state region stretching from California to Montana, and including Hawaii and Alaska – led the nation with the largest percentage increase in unadjusted VMT, and continued an uninterrupted series of monthly increases that began in October 2013. Mileage fell slightly in the Northeast and North Central states.

At 33.9 billion VMT, California accounted for more miles driven in December 2016 than the combined 33.8 billion miles of 22 states – Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C.

At 5.8 percent, Louisiana led the nation with the largest unadjusted single-state traffic percent increase compared to the same month a year earlier, followed by Utah at 5.2 percent and Nevada at 5.1 percent. At 6.2 percent, for the tenth month in a row, North Dakota led the nation with the largest unadjusted traffic decrease for the month.

Work on Maine I-95 in York Begins Today

Work on Maine I-95 in York Begins Today

Beginning Thursday, January 14, 2016, drilling and excavation crews will be performing work on property owned by the Maine Turnpike Authority located at Mile 8.8.

This geotechnical work is being done for the purpose of allowing more detailed design of an Open Road Tolling (ORT) plaza at Mile 8.8.

Work will occur between the hours of 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM starting on Thursday, January 14, 2016 and is expected to take place for several days.  Lane closures and shoulder closures are anticipated during this time.  Please use caution when approaching this area.

The Maine Turnpike Authority appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding during this work.


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Maine I-95 Exit 1 Northbound Off Ramp to be Closed Temporarily on December 28, 2015

Maine I-95 Exit 1 Northbound Off Ramp to be Closed Temporarily on December 28, 2015

The Maine Department of Transportation reports that On Monday, December 28, 2015, the Exit 1 northbound off-ramp on the Maine Turnpike will be closed while highway maintenance crews perform emergency guardrail repairs.

The closure is expected to last from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Motorists that typically use Exit 1 for Kittery/Elliot will need to utilize Exit 2 northbound during this time. Message boards will be in place to notify drivers of the closure.

The Maine Turnpike Authority appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding during this construction.


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I-95 Maine Turnpike Offering Free Coffee to Overnight Travelers During Holidays

I-95 Maine Turnpike Offering Free Coffee to Overnight Travelers During Holidays

The Maine Turnpike Authority is encouraging holiday travelers to take break for safety and will treat I-95 Turnpike customers to a complimentary cup of coffee overnight Christmas Eve into Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. both nights.

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s website, its not always easy to tell when you’re too tired to drive. Some signs that it’s time to pull over are:

  • Difficulty focusing, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
  • Trouble remembering the last few miles driven; missing exits or traffic signs
  • Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
  • Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip

    Many travelers will be traveling very late or very early during the holidays and to help them stay alert, complimentary coffee will be offered at all five Maine Turnpike Service Plazas from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Turnpike Service Plazas, operated by HMSHost, are located both northbound and southbound at mile 25 in Kennebunk, northbound and southbound at mile 58 in Gray and Cumberland respectively and at mile 102 in West Gardiner.

    Maine State Police Troop G will be actively patrolling the Maine Turnpike to keep drivers and passengers safe throughout the holidays. Turnpike staff also works with state troopers to assist stranded motorists during daytime and overnight hours.


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