Interstate 295 Open Again 

The southbound lanes of Interstate 295 from Gardiner to Topsham are open once again.

That’s three weeks ahead of the scheduled completion of the massive repaving project that shut down the 18-mile section in mid-June.

The state Department of Transportation says crews managed to get the work done despite one of the wettest construction seasons on record.

Commissioner David Cole says Pike Industries and its subcontractors worked seven days a week and completed the project without any job site injuries.

The deadline for completion of the work was Aug. 30.