Maine Turnpike Exit 53 lane closure begins next week in Falmouth

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FALMOUTH — The Maine Turnpike interchange bridge at Exit 53 (West Falmouth) will be reduced to one-lane traffic beginning Monday, Feb. 13, as improvements are made to its surface.

A one-lane configuration is needed to allow crews to remove and replace the existing bridge deck, the Maine Turnpike Authority said Monday. Traffic lights will be installed to control traffic on the bridge, but motorists should expect delays during high-volume commuting hours.

The work is part of a $3.9 million project that began last August and includes raising and widening the bridge and repairing its ramps. Construction, done by Technical Construction of Turner, has so far been on the substructure and foundation of the bridge.

The project is expected to be completed by fall.