Saco Route 112 /Exit 36 Area Transportation Study
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The Saco Route 112 / Exit 36 Area Transportation Studywas launched in April 2018 and will conclude early in 2019. This study will evaluate short and long-term solutions to the morning and evening traffic congestion that occurson Route 112 and surrounding roads. Study recommendations will also include bicycle and pedestrian improvements at key locations.
The goals of the study include improving access from side roads to Route 112, making safety improvements at intersections, improving easy access to and from the Turnpike, and separating local and through-traffic as much as is practical. A comprehensive transportation alternatives analysis will be performed. Study recommendations will also include bicycle and pedestrian improvements at key locations.
Local and regional transportation issues in the Exit 36 / Route 112 area have been well documented over the past several years. The earlier Route 112 Corridor Update Study highlighted multiple issues that impede local and regional mobility and contribute to safety problems. Learn more.
This previous analysis produced a range of short and long-term potential solutions, which included improving intersections and traffic signals, restricting turn movements, widening Turnpike ramps, or constructing a new road between the Turnpike and Route 112, among other ideas. None of these have been evaluated as to their effectiveness in improving traffic patterns, or for environmental and cultural resource impacts. Additionally, cost estimates need to be developed. The Saco Route 112 /Exit 36 Area Study will provide this broad range of information, giving the City, the Maine Turnpike Authority and MaineDOT officials the facts needed to make effective short and long-term decisions on improving traffic flow and safety in the area.
Purpose and Needs Statement of Current Study
The Purpose of the Study is to evaluate and identify long-term solutions to regional transportation issues associated with westerly connections in the vicinity of I-95 at Exit 36. Specifically, the purpose of the Study is to evaluate the potential for managing and improving access to Route 112, making safety improvements at intersections, maintaining and improving easy access to and from the Turnpike, and separating local and through traffic as much as practicable.
All potential solutions are subject to balancing statewide mobility and safety needs and funding availability.
Public Meetings and Engagement
There will be multiple opportunities for the public to weigh in during the process, both on the challenges of moving through the area and on the pros and cons of potential solutions.
The first public meeting was held on June 14 with a public listening session at Saco City Hall Auditorium, 300 Main Street, from 6:00-7:30 pm. The purpose of this meeting was to provide an overview of the study and current conditions in the area, and focus on gathering feedback from those who live in the study area or travel through the corridor on a regular basis.
Meeting Minutes from June 14th Meeting
Route 112 Corridor Short-Term Traffic Mitigation Considerations - Implementation Between 2007 and 2017
The second of three public meetings will take place on Thursday, September 27, 6-7:30 pm at Saco City Hall Auditorium. This meeting was added at the request of the public, and we’ll be able to talk about which of the potential solutions we’ve discussed merit moving forward for further study. We will present draft recommendations for final solutions at the November meeting.
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March 29 Project Kick Off
March 6 -April 20 Review Available Data and Data Collection
Program (Complete supplemental traffic counts in June)
June 5 Assessment of Current Conditions Completed
June 14 Public Meeting #1 – Website Launch
August 17 Assessment of Future Scenarios Completed
September 27 Public Meeting # 2
October 5 Develop Preliminary Recommendations
November Public Meeting # 3
February 1, 2019 Final Report Complete