PORTLAND — The Veterans Memorial Bridge is scheduled to be closed overnight on Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Maine Department of Transportation said in a press release Friday.

The closure from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday will allow crews to finishing installing a communication conduit over the travel lanes.

Detour signs and message boards will direct traffic to alternative routes between South Portland and Portland’s West End. Commuters are encouraged to allow additional travel time.

Suggested detours are:

• Traffic headed northbound on Interstate 295 should use Exit 5 to the Fore River Parkway to access the Veterans Intersection at Route 1 and Valley Street in Portland.

• Traffic from Main Street in South Portland should get on I-295 North and use Exit 5 to access the Fore River Parkway in Portland.

• Traffic from the Route 1-Valley Street intersection should use Fore River Parkway to access I-295 South.

• Traffic headed to Main Street in South Portland should use the Fore River Parkway to I-295 southbound to get to Exit 4.

Construction on the new bridge began in July 2010 and is expected to be completed by December 2012.

Sidebar Elements

A map of suggested detours for Wednesday’s scheduled closure of the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

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