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State Route 220 (SR 220) is a state highway located in central coastal Maine. It begins at State Route 97 in Friendship on the Atlantic coast and runs for 66.50 miles (107.02 km) north to Palmyra, where it ends at State Route 11 and State Route 100. SR 220 runs through a series of small towns, with connecting routes leading to larger population centers such as Augusta, Waterville, and Bangor to the east and west.

State Route 220 marker

State Route 220
Route information
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length66.50 mi[1] (107.02 km)
Existed1929–present
Major junctions
South end SR 97 in Friendship
 
North end SR 11 / SR 100 in Palmyra
Location
CountiesKnox, Lincoln, Waldo, Somerset
Highway system
SR 219SR 221

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Route descriptionEdit

SR 220 begins in Friendship at SR 97 (Shipyard Road) and Harbor Road, near the southern tip of the mainland at Friendship Harbor. This intersection is also the southern terminus of SR 97. SR 220 proceeds north along the western coast until reaching the town of Waldoboro in Lincoln County, where it enters the town center before turning northeast and crossing US 1. Continuing north, SR 220 enters the town of Washington (re-entering Knox County) and intersects with SR 126 and SR 17 before reaching the center of town. In downtown Washington, SR 105 joins SR 220 and the two routes head north out of town.

The highways cross into the town of Liberty in Waldo County, where SR 105 splits off to the southeast after a 2.49-mile (4.01 km) concurrency. SR 220 continues northeast until meeting SR 173 near Saint George Lake, then turns northwest to cross SR 3 at Clark's Corner. The highway continues north through the town of Montville, crosses SR 137 in western Knox, and intersects with SR 139 in western Thorndike. SR 139 and SR 220 are cosigned for 3.52 miles (5.66 km) into the town of Unity, where SR 139 splits off just east of the town center. SR 220 intersects with US 202 / SR 9 at Unity Pond and turns north onto Bangor Road forming a three-route concurrency for 2.95 miles (4.75 km). The road enters the town of Troy and SR 220 splits off to the north, turning briefly east before returning to a northerly heading.

SR 220 enters the town of Detroit in Somerset County and has a brief 0.70-mile (1.13 km) with SR 69 in the downtown area, splitting just after crossing the East Branch Sebasticook River. SR 220 continues northwest, crosses into the town of Palmyra and immediately terminates at SR 11 / SR 100 (Hurd's Corner).

HistoryEdit

As originally designated in 1929, SR 220 ran from US 1 in Warren southwest to Friendship, then turned north and followed its modern routing as far as SR 139 in Thorndike. In the 1930s, the route was extended to SR 9 in Unity, then again through Troy and Detroit to its modern terminus at Hurd's Corner in Palmyra, to a total length of 76 miles (122 km).[2][3]

The southernmost portion of the route between Warren and Waldoboro formed a "V" shape, and was potentially confusing in that a motorist traveling north on SR 220 from Warren to Friendship was actually driving southwest, and vice versa. This was remedied in 1949 when SR 220 was truncated to Friendship at the southern tip of the "V," cutting 9.5 miles (15.3 km) from its length. The eastern leg of the "V" was redesignated as SR 97[4] and directional banners changed to reflect the actual direction of travel. The alignment of SR 220 has not changed since.

Major junctionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
KnoxFriendship0.000.00  SR 97 north (Shipyard Road) / Harbor RoadSouthern terminus of SR 97, southern terminus of SR 220
LincolnWaldoboro10.0116.11  US 1 (Atlantic Highway) – Rockland, Bath
KnoxWashington18.8830.38  SR 126 west (Jefferson Road)Eastern terminus of SR 126
20.0432.25  SR 17 (Rockland Road / Augusta Road) – Augusta, Rockland
22.2635.82  SR 105 west (Razorville Road) – SomervilleSouthern terminus of SR 105 concurrency
WaldoLiberty25.7541.44  SR 105 east (Burketville Road) – Appleton, CamdenNorthern terminus of SR 105 concurrency
31.5950.84  SR 173 south (Main Street) – Searsmont, LincolnvilleNorthern terminus of SR 173
32.6452.53  SR 3 (Belfast Augusta Road) – Augusta, Belfast
Knox43.9470.71  SR 137 (Belfast Road) – Freedom, Belfast
Thorndike47.3776.23  SR 139 east (Gordon Hill Road) – Brooks, WinterportSouthern terminus of SR 139 concurrency
Unity50.8981.90  SR 139 west (Depot Street) / Stagecoach Road – Unity, FairfieldNorthern terminus of SR 139 concurrency
51.3482.62   US 202 / SR 9 south (Bangor Road) – AugustaSouthern terminus of US 202 / SR 9 concurrency
Troy54.2987.37   US 202 / SR 9 north (Bangor Road) / Myrick Road – BangorNorthern terminus of US 202 / SR 9 concurrency
SomersetDetroit64.97104.56  SR 69 east (Main Street) – PlymouthSouthern terminus of SR 69 concurrency
65.27105.04  SR 69 west (River Road) – PittsfieldNorthern terminus of SR 69 concurrency
Palmyra66.50107.02   SR 11 / SR 100 (Oxbow Road) – Pittsfield, NewportNorthern terminus of SR 220
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Maine DOT Map Viewer". Maine Office of GIS. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "Floodgap Roadgap's RoadsAroundME: Maine State Route 220". www.floodgap.com. Retrieved 2017-10-18.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  4. ^ "Floodgap Roadgap's RoadsAroundME: Maine State Route 97". www.floodgap.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2017-10-18.

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