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Maine Turnpike Portland Reviews
Toll Rd vs Non-Toll RD May 15, 2012
Once you enter Maine and get past exit three, you are officially on the Maine Turnpike and cannot leave without paying the toll. Here are some tips for navigating Maine's only interstate.
1. You cant get there from here.
This is a common Maine saying and it rings true if you have to navigate anywhere in Maine that is west of the turnpike, there is no major east west highway so plan accordingly for traffic and slower speeds.
2. US Route 1
Before the Maine Turnipike begins you can opt to drive US Rout 1 north until you reach Portland Maine. Once you arrive in Portland you can get on 295N and take it all the way to the Gardiner toll booth and save $4(US). It will take you a little bit more time especially in the summer but what you miss out on for speed you make up with some sight-seeing.
3. By passing Tolls
If your destination is Bangor or Augusta take 295 and save yourself a little bit of time and money. When driving 295N, do not get off on the exit that points you to 295, instead go up one more exit and follow the signs and you can avoid the $2 toll. You can also avoid the Gardiner toll by taking the Route 201 exit, but its really only usefule if you are heading out to Bar Harbor and Acadia N.P.
Currently the turnpike authrity is considering raising the toll prices by $1 at each toll booth. Right now the prices are $2 Kennebunk, $2 for Gray, and $1 for Gardiner, $10 round trip and if the increase is passed thats a $16 round trip toll. If you have an EZ Pass the tolls are slightly cheaper but only by a quarter or so.
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