Work closes State Street, Forest Avenue in Portland

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PORTLAND — State Street has been closed from Deering Street to Cumberland Avenue as part of the continuing State Street Infrastructure Improvements work.

Installation of wastewater lines and drains, gas lines, and water mains will entirely close the intersection of State Street and Cumberland Avenue. Work will be done from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Only local traffic will be allowed. Other motorists should use Mellen Street to travel between Park Avenue and Congress Street.

The State Street Infrastructure Improvements project will also require closing Forest Avenue  between Marginal Way and the Interstate 295 interchange from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 through 7 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said Nov. 2

The closure will also shut down inbound Exit 6A exit ramps in both directions on I-295 and the Exit 6A northbound entrance ramp from Forest Avenue.

The closures will allow crews to link the new State Street stormwater drain to the new Back Cove storm drain outfall, Grondin said.

Motorists are directed to use Exit 7 from I-295, and follow Marginal Way to the Preble Street Extension as a detour route.

In the event of rain, the closure will occur from 10 p.m. Nov. 17 to 7 a.m. Nov. 20.