Termini and Mileage (2006)
Notes and History
SSR 703 is the internal designator for the Maine Turnpike Authority Approach
Road, which existed in basic form ever since the designation of the Turnpike
itself (see I-95 for the history of the Turnpike). Connecting US 1 and
ME 9 to I-295 and I-95, it functions as a limited-access freeway
until just past the Maine Mall Rd exit when it downgrades into tollbooths and
then transfers traffic into Interstate 95. It also crosses the Scarborough
Connector, which despite being full freeway is merely an inventory road
(#72037) and does not seem to have a secret state route number of its own;
the Scarborough Connector was apparently built as part of the I-295 project.
The usage of Route 703 in reference to the Turnpike Approach Road first
appears in a 2004 Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Committee
(PACTS) expansion proposal, where
its Maine Mall Rd intersection is discussed along with expansion
over the Turnpike to intersect Running Hill Rd. MDOT also mentions
the route (as "State Route 703") in their
project deferrals list (.pdf), despite the fact it does not appear in MDOT
route logs. It is unclear, however, when the Approach Rd was assigned the
number and whether it is in use in any other context. It is not signed.
The statistics and termini above are based on map analysis and are not official figures.
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