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[RoadsAroundME main page] US Highway 202 (Maine)
[US 202 on its only solo alignment, west of Bangor.]
<< US Highway 201A (Maine) All Points in Maine Maine State Route 202 >>

Termini and Mileage (2006)

Termini (in-state)
Main alignment: End of CARL BROGGI HWY, Lebanon to Int of RAMP OFF TO US-202, RAM, Bangor
Southbound alignment: Int of BANGOR ST, BANGOR S, Augusta to Int of GRAY RD, RD INV 3200140, Gorham
Mileage (in-state)
Main alignment: 168.52 miles (total over all segments)
Southbound alignment: 7.34 miles (total over all segments)

Regional and National Route Information

National termini
Bangor, ME to Basin Corner, DE
Mileage (nationwide): 627 miles

History as Pole Highway (1919-1925)
The portions co-signed with ME 3, including the formerly cosigned portion in Augusta (with ME 9), were part of the Orange - White Kennebec-Penobscot Trail, and the portions between Portland and Augusta co-signed with ME 100 were part of the Blue - White Capital Way.
History as New England Interstate (1925)
Co-signed with ME 11 between Rochester, NH and Sanford, which was former NEI 11.
History as US Highway
Designated nationally 1934 (but see below).

Notes and History

Despite US 302 being technically the youngest non-bannered US highway in Maine, US 202 was the last of the mainline 2du/3dus to be designated intrastate; although it was first designated in 1934, it did not actually appear in the route logs until after 1936 (first seen in the 1937-8 map). Regardless of its being the relative latecomer, it is an extremely important arterial in southern and central Maine serving Sanford, Gorham, Auburn-Lewiston, Augusta and Bangor. Unlike most of the other US highways which own or control most of their own alignments and stand typically alone, large portions of US 202 are cosigned with other state routes. In fact, the Hampden expressway alignment (see below) is the only alignment US 202 travels alone upon due to its delayed appearance in the state and the routes already present that it overlaid.

As originally designated in 1936, US 202 entered the state with ME 11 along former lettered highway U: with ME 11 into Sanford, leaving ME 11 and picking up ME 4 (now ME 4A) in Sanford, and continuing to Alfred (now with modern ME 4). From there, it followed ME 4 through Waterboro and Hollis into Bar Mills, continued with ME 4 through Gorham and Fosters Corners, briefly picked up ME 115 with ME 4 into Gray, left ME 115 and picked up ME 100 with ME 4 to Danville (where it picked up what was formerly ME 3), rejoined ME 11 entering Auburn, crossed the Androscoggin River leaving ME 4 as ME 11/ME 100/US 202 (and originally ME 3), continued through Winthrop to Manchester where it picked up ME 17, and entered Augusta as ME 11/ME 17/ME 100/US 202 (and for a time ME 3). Leaving ME 11, joining US 201 and crossing the Kennebec as ME 17/ME 100/US 201/US 202, it picked up ME 9 (becoming ME 3/ME 9/ME 17/ME 100/US 201/US 202!) and exited east with ME 3 and ME 9 leaving ME 100 with US 201. US 202 continued with ME 3 and ME 9 to South China where ME 3 left, and from there solely with ME 9 through Unity and Dixmont to Hampden, joining US 1 (now US 1A) into Bangor to terminate.

US 202 as originally signed terminated at its parent, US 2, in downtown Bangor (ironically with ME 100, another famous chain of multiplexes); this last segment used a busy co-signed section with US 1A and ME 9 between Interstate 395 and US 2. Based on signage dates on I-395 and the 1989 USRN, somewhere between 1986 and 1989 this section was removed from the official routing and US 202 was designated to terminate at I-395 exit 3, reflected both in total number of miles in the highway system and changes in the terminus description. Despite this, signage still remains along I-395, and the old END US 202 sign is still at the corner of Main and Hammond Sts where it intersected US 2, along with the END sign for ME 100. Although it logically eliminates yet another useless multiplex, it is somewhat of a shame in that US 202 now no longer touches its mother route, and it creates a new useless multiplex by leaving it along its Interstate routing for a single mile only to terminate an exit later.

Significant portions of US 202 and its component highways today run on expressway, meaning it has undergone a large number of realignments in the manner of the other major mainlines like US 1. Here are some of the known changes:

  • Lebanon. ME 11/US 202 (and NEI 11) had a more circuitous routing in this region as originally designated as seen in the 1944 topo (warning: large image). From Blaisdell Corners, the original routing proceeded up W Lebanon Rd to Upper Guinea Rd over the Big Brook, then to Center Rd and southeast to Upper Cross Rd, then northeast to Depot Rd, crossing over modern ME 11/US 202 in the process to Creamery Hill Rd where it rejoins the modern alignment. The modern alignment appears on the 1958 topo (warning: large image), consistent with the 1953 Big Brook bridge presently in use making that the most likely date of realignment.

  • Sanford. See ME 4A. Unlike Bar Mills, US 202 did not move with ME 4 to its new alignment, but is now co-signed with ME 4A over the portion that was formerly ME 4.

    A very small bypassed alignment of ME 11/US 202 (and NEI 11) remains as Welch Ln, which can be seen on the 1944 topo and subsequent 1958 topo (warning: large images). The bypass must have been relatively late as the old alignment still appears on the 1962 general atlas too.

  • Alfred. Although ME 4/US 202 in this region doesn't appear to have been significantly altered, its old terminus with ME 111 was, which used to be at the corner of Saco Rd and Oak St. ME 111 now comes off at the junction of ME 4A/US 202 and ME 4; see ME 111 for the history of this change.

    North of ME 111, ME 4/US 202 now occupies a curve-straightened alignment to the west now signed as Waterboro Rd and Main St. The former alignment is Shaker Hill Rd and can be seen on the 1944 topo (warning: large image). The modern alignment appears on 1956 topo (warning: large image), consistent with the 1951 bridge date for the Shaker Pond outlet making that the most likely date of realignment.

  • Waterboro. Approaching East Waterboro, ME 4/US 202 now occupies a curve-straightened alignment signed as Main St. The former alignments are signed as a portion of Justin Way, Sanford Rd (now discontinuous) and Old Mast Camp Rd, and can be seen on the 1944 topo (warning: large image). The Old Mast Camp Rd alignment is straightened by the 1962 general atlas, but the Justin Wy/Sanford Rd alignment was apparently done rather later and its history is unclear.

  • Hollis-Bar Mills. ME 4/US 202 (and mostly ME 117) were realigned to a new routing 1937-8 along what is now Hollis Rd, Old Alfred Rd and the Narragansett Trail, leaving the former alignment on Bar Mills Rd and Main St as ME 4A. After that, an additional realignment occurred bypassing Salmon Falls using what is now signed Hollis Rd; this was probably done in 1948 based on the age of the Saco River crossing.

  • Fosters Corners. ME 4/US 202 and US 302 intersect at a rotary signed as the intersection of Gray Rd and Roosevelt Trail; the original intersection was at Lotts Dr and Roosevelt Trail, and can be seen on the 1944 topo (warning: large image). The modern alignment is seen on the 1957 topo (warning: large image).

  • Gray. ME 4/ME 100/US 202 (and for a time ME 3) occupy a minimally straightened alignment signed as Lewiston Rd. The former alignment appears to be Foster Hill Rd and must have been bypassed very early, as it appears on the 1892 topo (warning: large image), but is already bypassed by the 1944 topo (warning: large image).

  • Auburn-Lewiston. Originally ME 4/ME 100/US 202 (and for a time ME 3) entered Auburn on Washington St on the modern northbound alignment, joining ME 11 (and terminating ME 121) at Minot Ave, and then heading east on Court St. From there, ME 4 separated at Pleasant St and ME 11/ME 100/US 202 (and ME 3) crossed the Androscoggin River into Lewiston, today on a 1983 600' span, leaving the city as Main St. This original alignment can be seen on the 1942 topo and 1956 topo (warning: large images).

    In 1958, ME 4/ME 100/US 202 along Washington St was upgraded to a dual-carriageway, semi-expressway alignment. The former alignment became the northbound lanes, and new southbound lanes were constructed which are also part of administrative ME 4S. The Rotory St connector with ME 11/ME 121 was built as part of this upgrade.

    Due to the increased traffic volumes, ME 4 was subsequently upgraded north of the US 202 separation and realigned to Union St; see ME 4.

  • Greene-Foggs Corner. ME 11/ME 100/US 202 now occupies a curve-straightened alignment to the east. The former alignment is Daggett Hill Rd (in two portions) and can be seen on the 1942 topo (warning: large image). The modern alignment appears on the 1956 topo (warning: large image).

  • Greene. ME 11/ME 100/US 202 now occupies a center-straightened alignment slightly bypassing the town to the north with a complex history. The original alignment through Greene is shown on the 1908 topo, variously signed as W Main Rd, Main St, Barrel Shop Rd and Penney Ln, and east of there the small fragments also signed as Main St. Old Lewiston Rd and Key Hill Rd also appear to be portions of the former alignment. By the 1942 topo (warning: large image), the easternmost portion of Main St is curve-straightened, but the alignment through Greene is preserved (although this topo also shows a routing along Wiley Rd which is not only not the modern alignment, but is also discordant with the earlier 1934 National Surveys map, so this may have been erroneous). The completed modern alignment appears by the 1956 topo (warning: large image).

  • Norris Hill-Monmouth. ME 11/ME 100/US 202 now occupies a bypass alignment to the northwest. The former alignment is Norris Hill Rd, Academy Rd, and Main St (partially with ME 132), and can be seen on the 1941-2 topos: south and north (warning: large images). The modern alignment is seen on the 1956 topo (warning: large image). This realignment also lengthened ME 132 to modern US 202.

  • North Monmouth. ME 11/ME 100/US 202 now occupies a straightened alignment to the southeast. The former alignment is signed as Old Lewiston Rd, branching off just after the ME 132 junction, and can be seen on the 1941 topo (warning: large image). The history of this change is unclear, but a nearby crossing on the current alignment over the Wilson Stream is dated 1946, and the modern alignment appears on the 1961 general atlas.

  • Winthrop. Just after Old Lewiston Rd rejoins the modern alignment, ME 11/ME 100/US 202 upgrades to expressway with the ME 41/ME 133 interchange on Western Avenue; ME 11/ME 100/US 202 then completely bypasses the town to the south, leaving the former alignment as Old Western Avenue and Main St, which can be seen on the 1943 topo (warning: large image). The realignment likely occurred in 1955 based on bridge dates and map trajectory analysis.

  • East Winthrop. ME 11/ME 100/US 202 now occupies a curve-straightened alignment. The former alignment is signed as Pine Knoll Rd, Old Village Rd and Turtle Run Rd, and can be seen on the 1892 topo (warning: large image). These alignments must have been bypassed relatively early as the modern alignment appears on the 1943 topo (warning: large image).

  • Augusta. ME 11/ME 17/ME 100/US 202 enters town as Western Avenue; however, there is a road signed Old Winthrop Rd, split by the Augusta State Airport built around World War II, resuming as Winthrop St at US 202 et al on the other side. A 1934 National Survey map shows this alignment already bypassed and the modern one in use, so it is unclear if this was ever part of the official routing, but it does appear as a through route on the 1892 topo (warning: large image).

    Originally ME 17/ME 100/US 201/US 202 crossed the Kennebec on the Father Curran Bridge until the Memorial Bridge was built in 1949. For the history of the Augusta Kennebec River crossings, see US 201.

    Outside of town, ME 3/ME 9/US 202 was altered with the ME 3 bypass construction (see ME 3); the old ME 3/ME 9/US 202 alignment is now Hidden Haven Ln and ME 3 branches off towards its current terminus at I-95. Currently, Google Maps has a mismatch between the satellite and map layers, using the correct alignment for the map but an image of ME 3 under construction for the satellite view.

  • South Vassalboro. ME 3/ME 9/US 202 now occupies a curve-reduced alignment variously signed as Belfast Ave and Augusta Rd. The former alignments are Whitehouse Rd and Pond Hill Rd, and appear on the 1943 topo and 1956 topo (warning: large image). The modern alignment is seen on the 1961 general atlas.

  • South China. ME 3/ME 9/ME 32/US 202 approach South China on a straightened expressway bypass alignment to the south now signed as S Oak Hill Rd; the former alignment is Village St. Upon entering South China on Village St, ME 32 previously branched south off on Old Windsor Rd and ME 3 continued east on what is now Legion Memorial Drive with ME 9/US 202 leaving north on Jones Rd, as seen on the 1943 topo and 1956 topo (warning: large image). After the reconfiguration, ME 32 was shifted off Old Windsor Rd to deviate south at the current "interchange" and ME 9/US 202 were directed north at a new interchange on Lakeview Dr to join the old alignment north of town. The modern alignment appears on the 1961 general atlas.

    Towards China, ME 9/US 202 occupies a curve straightened alignment now signed as Lakeview Dr. Part of the old alignment remains as Pond Rd and can be seen on the same maps; similarly, the modern alignment appears on the 1961 general atlas.

  • China. ME 9/US 202 now occupies a bypass alignment to the northeast signed as Lakeview Dr. The former alignment is Causeway Rd and Main St, up to the junction with ME 137, which did not move (but see ME 137 for its own realignment in this region approaching the junction), as shown on the 1943 topo and the 1956 topo (warning: large images), nor on the 1961 general atlas, so it must have occurred after that time.

  • Dixmont. ME 9/US 202 now occupies a curve-straightened alignment signed as Western Ave. The former alignment is Town House Rd, Mill Stream Rd and Wellman Pond Rd, as shown on the 1932 topo (warning: large image). The modern alignment appears on the 1955 topo.

  • Hampden-Bangor. Originally ME 9/US 202 approached Hampden on Western Avenue and proceeded up Main Rd N/Main St with US 1A, where they crossed into Bangor and US 202 terminated as described above, as seen on the 1948 topo (warning: large image); this persisted even after the initial construction of Interstate 395. In 1965, a new expressway bypass was constructed for US 202, the only section it wholly controls, linking I-395 more or less directly into Hampden at Western Avenue just before Main Rd. From there, US 202 was briefly cosigned with I-395 to the US 1A junction and continued into town as previously. US 202, as mentioned above, now terminates administratively along I-395. For realignments related to the formerly cosigned portion with US 1 and US 1A, see US 1A.

There is no evidence to suggest that Main St and Old Danville Rd in Auburn-Lewiston was signed as US 202 (or, for that matter, ME 4) at any point going back as far as 1934.

Up to Alfred, US 202 (and its component highways) are signed as the Carl Broggi Highway (continuing on ME 111), named for Sanford local booster Carl Broggi who went on to become the first State Commissioner of the Deparment of Development of Industry and Commerce. Involved in many charitable projects in the region for literally decades, Broggi's rise to fame came in 1954 when he stepped in after the closure of the Goodall-Sanford Mills ravaged the local economic climate and helped to establish the Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce as its first president. Broggi's efforts brought tremendous and much needed local investment and national recognition, and in commemoration his efforts were dramatized by Darren McGavin in 1955 on the NBC Armstrong Circle Theatre ("The Town That Refused To Die"). Heralded as "the man who helped save Sanford," Governor Edmund Muskie named him as commissioner to his new Department and Broggi immediately sprang to work expanding his Sanford Plan tactics to serve a statewide scope. Sadly, Broggi passed away suddenly in 1956 at the age of only 47. As a memorial to his pioneering work towards the economic advancement of the state, the legislature named US 202 through Alfred and sections of ME 111 the Carl Broggi Hwy in 1957.

US 202 is also signed in parts as the Narragansett Trail. The name probably comes from the designation of Maine's numbered Narragansett townships by the General Court of Massachusetts for the soldiers of the Narragansett War of 1675, waged against the tribe now officially known as the Nahahiganseck Sovereign Nation. These townships have survived to the present day, although they are no longer numbered; for example, Narragansett Number 7 is now Gorham.

The portions of US 202 signed over ME 100 are part of the Pine Tree Trail.

See also ME 202SH.

Roadgap Exhibits

 You can see portions of modern US 202 near Bangor in the Roadgap Bangor Loop exhibit.

Archival Photographs

[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] Part of the I-95 interchange for ME 11/ME 17/ME 100/US 202 along Western Avenue in Augusta (Highway News 9/60). This is just after exiting the Interstate on the approach road facing north.
Additional Photographs

[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] End of two routes in downtown Bangor, viewed from EB US 2: the (false) end of US 202 at US 2, and ME 100 at the end of its useless multiplex with US 2 (preserved for historical reasons). This is shown on unified signage instead of separate shields and banners.
[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] End of two routes in downtown Bangor, viewed SB at the (false) northern terminus of US 202, with two signage errors: ME 9 is not routed here (it comes with US 1A up ahead; this should be signed as "TO ME 9"), and this is the terminus of ME 100, which comes in from the right and does not continue along US 2 as the sign implies it does. On this view, US 202 starts here and proceeds straight ahead to US 1A.
[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] Advance signage for WB I-395 exit 3/US 1A/US 202/ME 9 and the end of I-395 at I-95. Note the use of the INTERSTATE MAINE 95 shield, and the signage "All Points North and South" which is ubiquitous for I-95 and also US 1. Exit 3 shows US 202, although it allegedly already ended.
[Thumbnail image. Select for 640x480.] ME 11, ME 17, ME 100 and US 202 cosigned in Augusta.

Additional Resources

Other Roadgap exhibits for this route
You can see portions of modern US 202 near Bangor in the Roadgap Bangor Loop exhibit.

Additional resources

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