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[RoadsAroundME main page] Maine State Route 142
<< Maine State Route 141 All Points in Maine Maine State Route 143 >>

Termini and Mileage (2006)

Main alignment: Int of HOLMES LN, MAIN ST, WEL, Dixfield to Int of RTE 16, RTE 142, HI, Kingfield
Main alignment: 43.29 miles (total over all segments)

Notes and History

ME 142 as originally designated in 1925 ran between Dixfield at NEI 15 (now US 2) and Phillips at ME 107 (now ME 4). After the Maine Great Renumbering, it was extended further east, partially along new ME 4 into Phillips, then northeasterly along new routing to Kingfield and then along the alignment of old ME 145 to North New Portland (where ME 16 and ME 146 meet today). After the construction of the Flagstaff Dam on the Dead River in 1949, ME 16 was given the portion between North New Portland and Kingfield to make its alignment continuous and ME 142 was drawn back to Kingfield (see ME 16).

In Kingfield, ME 142 (and ME 145, originally) was first routed straight through on Salem to High St, then north to Main and Lexington over the river (this routing is shown on the 1932 topo [warning: large image]). ME 143 was also on High St before it was relinguished to ME 27. Today, ME 142 enters town on Salem, then up Pleasant St and Depot St to meet ME 16/ME 27 on Main St. Unfortunately, it is not clear when this change occurred and the 1961/1968 general atlas does not have enough detail to show the then-current routing. Interestingly, High St is still in the terminus definition.

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