Portland construction, road race likely to cause traffic woes this weekend

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PORTLAND — Drivers approaching the peninsula from South Portland via the Casco Bay Bridge, and those leaving the Old Port for South Portland, can expect traffic delays and detours this weekend.

The intersection of High Street and York Street, and High Street between Commercial Street and York Street, will be closed from 6 p.m. tonight through 7 a.m. Monday, July 13, for construction of a new storm drain under High Street, crossing York Street.

West Commercial Street will also be closed from 7-9 a.m. Saturday for the annual Old Port Half Marathon.

The weekend-long High-York closure means no turns will be allowed from Commercial Street onto High Street, and motorists who want to reach High Street west (uphill) of the construction area will have to drive around the work zone, the city said in a press release.

All traffic approaching High Street from the Casco Bay Bridge will be detoured to turn right onto Park Street. To reach High Street, drivers should continue left onto Commercial Street, left onto Center Street, left onto York Street, and right onto Danforth Street.

Traffic traveling on York Street from the Old Port toward High Street and the Casco Bay Bridge can detour around the construction area by turning right onto Danforth Street and left to State Street.