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[RoadsAroundME main page] Maine State Route 52
<< Maine State Route 46 All Points in Maine US Highway 56 >>

Termini and Mileage (2006)

Main alignment: Int of RTE 1, RTE 52, CENTR, Camden to Int of RTE 1, LINCOLNVILL, Belfast
Main alignment: 17.42 miles (total over all segments)

Notes and History

ME 52 is a small east-central coastal service route. Originally, ME 52's entire routing was part of ME 137 as originally signed; it was not designated until 1960. At that point, the ME 137 routing was split using ME 3 in Belfast as the divider, and the southern portion was signed as new route 52. Although the routing was not different and the southern terminus was constant, a puzzle is where it originally ended on the north side. The 1961 log gives its termination point as ME 3 in Belfast and so does the 1962 log, but the US 1/ME 3 bypass around Belfast would already have been completed in some manner by 1962 and so it could only end at US 1 as ME 3 no longer continued on Main St into town to intersect old ME 137 at Lincolnville Ave. The only conclusion is that the bypass had been built but in a state of indeterminate routing, which is resolved by 1963 (in which the 1964 publicity map's route log withdraws the terminus by approximately one-half mile to US 1, causing all figures now to suddenly jive). This corresponds well with the dating of bridges on the Belfast bypass.

Additional Resources

Maine Highways 51 to 75 (JP Kirby)

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