Route 112 - Past Analysis
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. These include:
- The area experiences directional imbalances in peak hour traffic flows due to commuter trips
- Several unsignalized intersections along Route 112 typically experience long vehicle delays: Spring Street, Franklin Street, Tasker Street, Garfield Street, Lund Road, and Jenkins Road.
- Several intersections along Route 112 qualify for turn lanes.
- Cut-through traffic between Route 5 and Route 112 impacts local neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.
- Route 112 lacks adequate and safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
- There are two documented high crash locations in the study area. (Route 112/Garfield Street and Route 112/Franklin Street)
- Industrial Park Road provides access to I-195 and the Maine Turnpike and carries a significant amount of traffic. Prior studies document very poor level-of-service conditions, with extreme delays projected by 2020.
- The Route 112 corridor provides access from downtown Saco to the Buxton and western York County communities and is strongly affected by traffic from Route 5 and the Industrial Park Road. Traffic originating or destined for the Turnpike from western York County communities creates traffic congestion along the route.
- Exit 36 to and from the north serves as the primary interchange for travel to Downtown Biddeford.
- During the afternoon commute PM Peak hour congestion on the Turnpike southbound onto Exit 36 creates delays and safety concerns and will continue to worsen in the future.