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Power Line Construction Will Affect Traffic on I-195

CMP Project Adding Capacity, Reliability to Grid


AUGUSTA, Maine, September 21, 2012 — Central Maine Power Company (CMP), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, reports that construction crews will install electrical wires over Interstate 195 in Saco – the feeder from the Maine Turnpike/I-95 to Old Orchard Beach -- during the nighttime hours from Monday, Sept. 24, through early Thursday, Sept. 27.


CMP has made arrangements with the Maine State Police to allow for brief closures of Interstate 195 for 20-minute periods between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The shutdowns will affect both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-195 between Exits 1 and 2 in Saco.


Alternative routes: Motorists traveling eastbound on I-195 can take Exit 1 to the Industrial Park Road. Westbound motorists can take Exit 2A or 2B to U.S. Route 1. Motorists who wish to avoid the I-195 spur altogether can use Maine Turnpike/I-95 Exit 32 to Alfred Street/Route 111 if they’re going north. Southbound motorists can take Exit 42 to Haigis Parkway and Route 1.


“We have been asked by the Maine State Police to install these conductors during the nighttime hours to minimize any traffic delays, and it represents the final step in our Saco Bay Transmission Reinforcement project,” said John Carroll, CMP spokesman. “When we energize this new transmission line between our Loudon And Vallee Lane Substations during the first week in October, the project will be complete.”

Central Maine Power Company began construction last fall on a $30 million investment to improve the capacity and reliability of the transmission system that serves Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough, and Biddeford. The Saco Bay Transmission System Reinforcement Project includes the construction of new substations in Saco and Old Orchard Beach and improvements to the network of transmission lines throughout the region.


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About Central Maine Power Company (CMP): Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility. The company delivers about 9 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, representing about 80% of Maine’s annual consumer sales of electricity. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction six times by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit