Maine Roads - ME 11
Maine sure loves its multiplexes. In the first photo, SB courtesy Doug Kerr in Mechanic Falls, notice that the arrow banners are the same size and shape as the route shields (typical of these old signs). In the second, on ME 11 SB in the town of Springvale, there is yet more confusion by way of little white sign.
No little white sign NB, but still no directional banners, and a narrow ME 11A shield.
NB across the Saco River near Steep Falls.
And SB with an identical bridge plaque.
Looking northwest along the Saco River, with the remnants of a former dam, waterworks, or something that once spanned the river.
Looking southeast along the river.
NB with ME 114, and they turn right here.
NB in Minot past the United Methodist Church with ME 121, which earlier crossed ME 11 back in Casco and ends multiplexed in Auburn. What use is that? Why do two routes going the "same" direction cross 90 degrees and somehow come back to each other? Who designates Maine's routes and can I smoke what they're smoking?
Remaining photos start in Fort Kent, as far north as any road can go in Maine, and head southward.
Starting SB as the sun rises. I believe the road to the left is Strip Rd.
NB in the same spot, followed by the shield atop the page.
I decided to stop at the Eagle Lake View rest area to see what the view was and get some sign closeups. You can get a sign closeup by clicking on the second photo.
Although there's no national park or even state park up here, all the signs are brown and written in a special font that doesn't quite match anything else. Maine is a little misguided here. If there's the same penalty for throwing my household trash in the can as on the ground, guess where it's going?
Eagle Lake at dawn.
A pair of older shields, not so old that they're wooden, but not so new that they're square.
And continuing south. The little straight arrow is for snowmobiles.
Garfield Rd. NB in Ashland.
ME 11 NB at Garfield Rd. The wooden distance sign doesn't seem old, but it may have been refinished. The yield sign at the intersection uses MaineDOT's old font - look at the H in particular.
ME 11 borders some insanely large area of logging roads to the west, such that there are no public roads or public lands out that way for hundreds of miles. Maine's known for its lumber production, so the trucks go into those millions of privately held acres, load up, and come out here in public to drop them off. Think about how many trees are lying sideways in this lot, and consider this is just one logging company, and just one location that happens to be on ME 11.
The last SB signs before I turned onto ME 212.
Onto US 202 and ME 11/US 202
Into NH on NH 11
Onto ME 124
Into Springvale (and Sanford)
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