AUBURN — A new version of the Maine Turnpike Authority’s plans for the
next 10 years will be unveiled at a series of public hearings next

The authority has scheduled meetings in towns from Gardiner to Saco
to discuss the plan, including a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at
Auburn Hall.

Copies of the plan will be available at the meetings. They’re also available for download from the authority’s Web site,

Locally, the plan calls for maintenance work at Lewiston-Auburn’s
two interchanges, exits 75 and 80, as well as regular road maintenance
and bridge work between them.

The plan says a proposed downtown interchange, midway between the two
exits, isn’t necessary based on traffic volume. Local officials and
business leaders have been urging the authority for decades to build a
new downtown connector.

Proposals so far have focused on Route 136 in Auburn and River Road in
Lewiston, with a new bridge between Lewiston and Auburn south of South
Bridge and north of the new interchange.

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 Maine Turnpike Authority draft 10-year plan

 Public hearings
(meetings are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. each night.)

  • Aug.4, Gardiner Middle School Cafeteria
  • Aug. 5, Auburn Hall Community Room
  • Aug.11, Maine Turnpike Authority Headquarters, 2360 Congress St., Portland
  • Aug. 12, Saco City Hall

Call 871-7771, ext. 122, for more information.

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