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[RoadsAroundME main page] Maine State Route 104
[ME 104 near Augusta.]
<< Maine State Route 103 All Points in Maine Maine State Route 105 >>

Termini and Mileage (2006)

Main alignment: Int of CHANDLER ST, STATE ST, Augusta to Int of E & W FRONT ST, ISL, Skowhegan
Main alignment: 35.56 miles (total over all segments)

Regional and National Route Information

History as Pole Highway (1919-1925)
As originally signed, ME 104 encompassed the Green - White Brunswick-Greenville Hwy from Newport to Greenville Jct.

Notes and History

ME 104 as originally designated in 1925 ran between Newport at NEI 15 (now US 2) and Greenville Junction, the incarnation of the Brunswick-Greenville Highway north of Newport and thus former lettered highway J, where it terminated at the shore of Moosehead Lake; a ferry proceeded north from there to Rockwood, but it doesn't appear that it was part of the routing. It seems that ME 104 underwent some early realignment during this period; an early pre-signage 1924 map shows ME 104 routed north of the river between Guilford and Monson Junction, but the 1925 map shows it south of it. This possible alternate routing seems best approximated by High St and Bates Rd in Guilford, then up Bates Rd to Old Railroad Rd back to the present alignment.

In 1931, the portion from Newport to Dover-Foxcroft became part of the new ME 100 and the remainder of its routing to Greenville Jct was added to ME 105, causing the number to lapse temporarily; after the Maine Great Renumbering, these alignments respectively became part of new route ME 7 and part of new route ME 15, along with ME 16 between Dover-Foxcroft and Abbott (now ME 6/ME 15/ME 16), and the number was reapplied to a new, 17-mile alignment between Augusta and Waterville, terminating at ME 11 on the southwestern end of Waterville and at the large traffic circle in Augusta. Portions of this were cosigned with ME 11 and ME 27 until their realignment between 1934-43. Between 1940-1 the northern end was extended through Waterville up to ME 139, and then finally to the Skowhegan intersection of US 2 and US 201 in 1957, where it still terminates today.

According to reports by Jim Melcher, the Augusta portion of ME 104 no longer terminates at the traffic circle; approximately 2007, the routing was shifted to a sudden turn at Bond St, apparently abandoning the old Water St alignment, with its current signed terminus at Bond St and State St.

Additional Photographs

[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] Junction ME 3 and ME 104 near Augusta. This also shows the green signage specially created for the Maine Turnpike/I-95. This section is part of the new ME 3 2004 bypass.
[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] SB ME 104 near Augusta.
Additional Resources

Maine Roads - Route 104 (JP Kirby)

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