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Welcome to RoadsAroundME.com
a site dedicated to Maine roads and highway history
[Real moose warning sign on NB Interstate 95, south of Bangor.]
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The Highways of the Pine Tree State

Welcome to RoadsAroundME.com, a site dedicated to Maine roads and highway history. Whether you call it the Pine Tree State, Vacationland or just plain home, as with so many other states Maine's history and culture in the last century is inextricably tied to the roads and highways that crisscross it. Here at Roads Around ME, our task will be cataloguing, photographing and tracing their history to record for posterity where they go, where they went, how they went there and the impact they had and still have today. RAME is undergoing a piecemeal revision as of July 2009. You will see certain entries being updated over the next few weeks in preparation for a refresh of routings and statistics. Stay tuned!

This site offers a list of Maine highways past and present (intended to be exhaustive, with research ever-in-progress), frequently asked questions about Maine roads, and links to travel, vacation and technical resources. Although this site caters to both casual motorist and hardcore roadgeek alike, we do tend to use some habitual jargon that might need interpretation -- novices to the study of highways might look at the Roadgap glossary first to familiarise themselves.

RoadsAroundME.com is a privately maintained resource and is not in any way supported by, sponsored by or funded by the Maine Department of Transportation or the taxpayers of the state of Maine.

Please send me your comments and suggestions at ckaiser@floodgap.com. Although information provided here is by no means official or guaranteed, I do endeavour to maintain accuracy, and reports from the field of changes and errors are always gratefully appreciated. Thank you for visiting! -- Cameron Kaiser

[Commemorative signage for the 50th anniversary of Interstate 95.] A very happy 50th birthday
to Maine's Interstate 95!

Visit MaineDOT's official retrospective on the state's modern-day primary arterial.

Sections

[The Robyville Covered Bridge near Kenduskeag, the oldest surviving example of a long truss system used in a Maine covered bridge. It was built in 1876.] What's New on RoadsAroundME?

General Information about Maine State Highways
Frequently asked questions about Maine highways, including typical signage, types of highways and a special subsection on Maine's mysterious inventory roads.

 All Points in Maine: The State Highway Route Log
A complete although always-in-progress log of Maine state highways, past, present and (sometimes) future. Includes past and present routings of all Interstates, US highways (Federal highways) and state highways since the present era of Maine highway numbering first signed in 1925.

Commonly viewed routes:

Be sure to read the Floodgap Roadgap Glossary as a primer on terminology and basic road concepts used in this reference.

[Interstate 95 in Bangor.]

Special Exhibits

 The Bangor Loop: US 1 Alternate and COASTAL US 1
Our two-part foray on old US 1, now US 1A, down to the central coast, up the unique COASTAL US 1 to the Downeast Highway and then back into Bangor. Includes a special look at the doomed Waldo-Hancock Bridge, the first major link over the Penobscot River in the Downeast region.

Bypass US 1: A Link From The Past
Bad Zelda jokes aside, By-Pass US 1 in northern New Hampshire and extreme southwest Maine is a relic from the past that once carried I-95 and the Turnpike. Includes the Sarah Mildred Long drawbridge and a look at those wacky By-Pass shields.

Maine's New England Interstate Routes
Maine's Named Highways
Maine's Pole Highways and Auto Trails
and
Maine's Lettered Highways
Prior to the 1925 signage, Maine still had state roads of a different sort, including their own contributions to the regional New England Interstate system, the regional trails (complete with their bright pole colour system), and the original lettered routes established way back in 1913. Even after the transition to the modern system, there was still the parallel legislative highways, designated for tourism and economic development in the state. These pages use available extant documentation and contemporary period resources to catalogue these lost highways.


[Coastline at Schooner Head, Mount Desert Island, part of Acadia National Park.]

Links

Official sites

Fellow roadgeeks' Maine sites

Other sites


All photographs, design, artwork and writeups, except where noted, are copyright © 2005-2010 Cameron Kaiser. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is for your own personal entertainment, and the use of this site, including but not limited to its component multimedia, its writeups and its schemata, is not permitted for any commercial or profit purpose without the express consent of the site author. Unauthorized duplication or copying for any purpose is strictly prohibited. Please contact the site maintainer for more information or for all inquiries.

Maps and routing information should not be used for navigational purposes; may potentially represent routes that are presently non-existent, treacherous and/or prohibited for current travel; and are presented as historical and educational aids only.

This site is in no way supported by, funded by or sponsored by the Maine Department of Transportation or the taxpayers of the state of Maine.

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