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Maine DOT Giving Away 11 Acres in Falmouth in Exchange for On-Ramp Replacement

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Irwin Gratz
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MPBN
The Route 1 on-ramp to the Maine Turnpike's Falmouth Spur.

FALMOUTH, Maine — The state and the town of Falmouth announced a partnership agreement today that state Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt says is "one of a kind."

It would allow the state to rebuild an outdated interchange while clearing 11 prime acres for commercial development.

"We're going to see much more partnerships across the state," Bernhardt told reporters in Falmouth.

The agreement involves the interchange where the Falmouth Spur of the Maine Turnpike ends at U.S. Route 1. The state is looking to remove a bridge and cloverleaf on-ramp and replace them with either a lighted intersection or a roundabout. An interested developer would agree to build the new interchange to state standards at its cost, and in return, it would get the 11 acres of land now occupied by the on-ramp.

Both Bernhardt and Falmouth Town Manager Nathan Poore says developers have inquired about the 11-acre parcel for years. If Falmouth's council agrees to the partnership, a request for proposals will be issued to developers later this month and it's hoped construction on the site could begin next year.