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[RoadsAroundME main page] Maine State Route 7
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Termini and Mileage (2006)

Main alignment: Int of WALDO AVE, FIELD S, Belfast to Int of E.MAIN, SOUTH ST., Dover-Foxcroft
Main alignment: 61.97 miles (total over all segments)

Regional and National Route Information

History as Pole Highway (1919-1925)
The portion between Newport and Dover-Foxcroft was part of the Green - White Brunswick-Greenville Hwy.

Notes and History

A mid-level arterial for the central coast region, ME 7 functions as a direct connection to and from the coast for the state's interior and appears to have always existed for this application, as its termini after the Maine Great Renumbering were Belfast and Dover-Foxcroft as they are today.

ME 7 was formed out of mostly new routing from Belfast through Brooks and Dixmont up to US 2, cosigned in parts with ME 137 and ME 139. From Dixmont, it proceeded west along US 2 to Newport, where it picked up the newly vacated portion of ME 100 (itself a former alignment of ME 104, former lettered highway J) through Dexter to Dover-Foxcroft where it terminated, partially co-signed between Newport and Corinna with ME 11. This section corresponds to part of the Moosehead Trail. ME 7's end in Belfast was originally at what was then US 1 running along High St; as US 1 turned right onto Pierce to cross the inlet, ME 7 started and continued north from there on High St, branched left onto Vine, and exited Belfast with ME 137. North of Morrill, ME 7 branched north up the Lang Hill Highway to ME 139 and crossed east to Brooks, continuing the new routing to US 2. In Dover-Foxcroft, it appears to have always terminated at ME 15 in the southern portion of the town center, just shy of what is now the ME 6/ME 15/ME 16 multiplex leaving to the west.

In 1949, the route's convoluted southern routing was cleaned up with construction of a new connector between City Point and Brooks through Waldo, bypassing the Lang Hill Hwy (which became the resurrected ME 203) and most of the co-routings except for the southernmost section in Belfast with ME 137 which ME 7 now left along Head of the Tide Rd to its new alignment, which is still its present routing. In addition, with the construction of the US 1/ME 3 bypass, ME 7 was combined with ME 137 into a single routing on Waldo Avenue that terminated at Field St, just southeast of the interchange with US 1; see the US 1 entry for the history of the Belfast bypass alignment. (Also, ME 137 continued past ME 7's southern terminus in the past; see its entry for more.)

Additional Resources

Maine Highways 1 to 10 (JP Kirby)

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