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Maine Turnpike Authority seeks permit for proposed work in York County, Maine

USACE, New England District
Published Feb. 8, 2022

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District received a permit application to conduct work in waters of the United States from the Maine Turnpike Authority for proposed work in Goosefare Brook and in adjacent freshwater wetlands in Saco, York County, Maine.

The proposed work involves place placing temporary and permanent fill below the ordinary highwater mark of Goosefare Brook and in adjacent freshwater wetlands in order to improve the Maine Turnpike’s former Exit 5 and existing Exit 36. The project is designed to address regional transportation needs associated with the westerly connections to the turnpike by improving access to the turnpike from Route 112, separation of local and thru traffic, and safety.

The proposed work includes the reconstruction of the former Exit 5 northbound off and on-ramps that currently provide access to the Ramada Inn with a new direct connection to Route 112 and associated infrastructure for a new on-ramp toll plaza. The reconstruction of former Exit 5 would result in a new exit, Exit 35. The existing connection to Lund Road from Route 112 would be replaced with a new road just to the north (near the existing access to the XL Sports Complex). New Exit 35 southbound off and on-ramps would be constructed to connect to Route 112 and would include associated infrastructure for a new on-ramp toll plaza and park and ride. The turnpike’s southbound roadway would be widened from north of Exit 36, south through Route 112 to provide for safer deceleration and acceleration to and from Exit 36 and the new Exit 35.

An existing culvert that conveys Goosefare Brook beneath the turnpike would be extended approximately 24 feet upstream and the brook would be shifted southwest to align with the inlet of the extension. The existing Exit 36 northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp would undergo minor realignments as a result of the improvements to Exit 35 and southbound roadway widening through Exit 36.

USACE is soliciting comments from members of the public; federal, state and local agencies; American Indian Tribes; and other interested parties to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. The public notice with more detailed information is available for review on the District website at https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices, file # NAE-2022-00128. Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than March 10, 2022, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Attn: Colin Greenan, Regulatory Division, 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742 or by email to colin.m.greenan@usace.army.mil. Please reference file # NAE-2022-00128.

Bryan Purtell

Release no. 22-009