Maine effort aims to keep traffic moving on busy corridor

December 2, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has launched an effort to keep traffic moving on a busy southern stretch of highway.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Maine Department of Transportation has hired an outside company to start providing safety service patrols Monday on Interstate 295.

The patrol will be able to help with vehicles with minor mechanical failures or crashes between Exit 1 in Scarborough and Exit 22 in Freeport.

The patrol could move vehicles out of the line of traffic, change flat tires or clean up minor vehicle fluid spills.

The program is modeled after a program on the Maine Turnpike.

The transportation department’s spokesman Ted Talbot said the state signed a two-year contract with the company, called AutoBase, for $331,500.

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