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[RoadsAroundME main page] Maine State Route 174
[ME 174 in Prospect.]
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Termini and Mileage (2006)

Termini
Main alignment: Int of FORT KNOX RD, HAWES BRI, Prospect to Int of FORT KNOX RD, US 1, Prospect
Mileage
Main alignment: 3.8 miles (total over all segments)
 

Notes and History

ME 174 as originally designated in 1925 ran between East Orland at ME 106 (now ME 15) and Ellsworth, again at ME 106 (but now ME 172). With the construction of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge in 1931 across the Penobscot River Narrows (see US 1), the entire alignment was added to ME 102 (which would become ME 3 after the Maine Great Renumbering and later cosigned with US 1 after the change in US 1A designations; see those entries for the history of the designation switch); the number was instead applied to the small stub it occupies today near Prospect, although as originally designated it crossed the Waldo-Hancock into Bucksport and terminated there. Somewhere between 1956 and 1960 ME 174's terminus was brought back to the western end of the bridge; the exact year is not known due to the 10-mile policy (see the disclaimer). By 1961 its routing was more or less the same as today's, although with the opening of the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory replacing the old crossing in 2006, the terminus was shifted slightly south to compensate (see US 1).

 
Archival Photographs

 
[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] Early morning winter scene of the 1931 Waldo-Hancock Bridge crossing the Penobscot Narrows, carrying US 1 (formerly US 1A) and ME 3 (Highway News 2/59). ME 174 was also routed here until approximately 1960.
[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] Piers and towers of the Waldo-Hancock, and the underside of the main span (Highway News 10/59).
[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] Redecking and flaring of west approach to the Waldo-Hancock (Highway News 9/62).
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