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U.S. Route 302 shield
U.S. Route 302
Length: 171 mi (275 km)
Formed: 1935[1]
West end: US 2.svg U.S. Route 2 in Montpelier, VT
Major
junctions:
I-91.svg Interstate 91 in Newbury, VT
I-93.svg Interstate 93 in Littleton, NH
US 3.svg U.S. Route 3 in Carroll, NH
NH Route 16.svg NH Route 16 in Bartlett, NH
NH Route 16.svg NH Route 16 in Conway, NH
US 202.svgMA Route 4.svg US-202/SR 4 in Windham, ME
East end: I-295 / US 1 / SR 100 in Portland, ME
United States Numbered Highways
Spur of US 2
ListBanneredDividedReplaced

U.S. Route 302 is a spur of U.S. Route 2. It currently runs 171 miles (275 km) from Portland, Maine at U.S. Route 1 to Montpelier, Vermont at US 2. It passes through the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Route description

U.S. Route 302 in Berlin, Vermont. Approximately 2 miles from the western terminus
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Maine

US 302 leaves Portland, Maine bridging the Presumpscot River into Westbrook at Riverton. The highway then bridges the Pleasant River in Windham, the Crooked River in Casco, Long Lake in Naples, Moose Pond in Bridgton, and the Saco River in Fryeburg. The highway follows the Saco River from Fryeburg into the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire

U.S. Route 302 enters New Hampshire following the Saco River and the Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division through Crawford Notch in the White Mountains. The highway follows the Ammonoosuc River out of the mountains and bridges the Connecticut River into Wells River, Vermont.

History

New England 18.svg

From 1922 until 1935, much of what is now US 302 was a part of the old New England Interstate road system, designated as New England Interstate Route 18 (NE-18) from Portland, Maine northwest to Littleton, New Hampshire (roughly 112 miles). From Littleton west to Montpelier in Vermont, US 302 and NE-18 took different paths. NE-18 took a more northerly route, along present day New Hampshire Route 18 and Vermont Route 18 to St. Johnsbury, Vermont (closely paralleling I-93), then along present day US 2 up to Montpelier.

Current US 302 runs along a more southerly route using other former sections of New England Interstate Routes. From Littleton, it went along former NE-10 to Woodsville, New Hampshire, then along former NE-25 to Montpelier.

See also

Bannered routes

Related state highways

References

  1. ^ Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 27 February 2006.
Browse numbered routes
< VT 289 VT VT 313 >
< I-293 NH I-393 >
< I-295 ME I-395 >
< New England 17.svg Route 17 N.E. Route 19 New England 19.svg >

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