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U.S. Route 201

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U.S. Route 201 marker

U.S. Route 201

US 201 highlighted in red and US 201A in blue
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Maintained by MaineDOT
Length157.46 mi[1] (253.41 km)
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South end
US 1 / SR 24 Bus. in Brunswick
Major intersections
North end SR 6 / R-173 at the Canada–US border near Saint-Théophile, QC
CountryUnited States
CountiesCumberland, Sagadahoc, Kennebec, Somerset
Highway system
SR 200 US 202
SR 146
SR 148
Route 18N.E. Route 24

U.S. Route 201 (US 201) is part of the nationwide system of United States Numbered Highways. It runs for 157.46 miles (253.41 km) entirely within the state of Maine and is a spur route of U.S. Route 1. Its southern terminus is in Brunswick at US 1 and Maine State Route 24 Business. Its northern terminus is at the Canada–US border near Jackman (a terminus it shares with Maine State Route 6), where it connects to Quebec Route 173.

Between Solon and its northern terminus, US 201 is known as the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway.[2]

Route description

U.S. Route 201 in Jackman, Maine.
U.S. Route 201 near Bingham, Maine

US 201 begins in Brunswick along SR 24 Business (former SR 24) at an interchange with US 1. It follows the Kennebec River from Gardiner, to The Forks, where it winds away from the river and runs up into the north woods mountains. The highway crosses the Appalachian Trail at Caratunk.[3]

North of The Forks, US 201 climbs in elevation over Johnson Mountain and around Coburn Mountain, near Upper Enchanted and Parlin Pond Townships. Before reaching Jackman, the road peaks at the Attean Pond Lookout, a popular rest area, before descending into town. US 201 intersects the northern end of SR 15 in Jackman and is cosigned with SR 6 for the remaining 16.4 miles (26.4 km) north to the Canadian border. The road continues through parts of Moose River and Dennistown before reaching the Armstrong–Jackman Border Crossing at Sandy Bay Township. US 201 and SR 6 ends as the highway crosses into Quebec, Canada and becomes Route 173.

A former alignment designated US 201A runs through the towns of Madison and Norridgewock.[1]


New England 20.svg
The New England Route 20 sign used for current US 201 in 1922

US 201 follows old river trading routes of the Abenaki people. Parts of Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec took place along the route that today make up US 201.[4][5] On June 15, 2000, the route was designated a National Scenic Byway.[6]

US 201 used to be New England Interstate Route 20 (NEI 20) in the 1920s. The original 1922 plan had NEI 20 starting in Portland. The southern half was later shifted east to start in Brunswick (the realignment may have been done prior to actual signing of the route.) The southern end of the original NEI 20 is now SR 100 from Portland to Augusta.[citation needed] The Brunswick end of the original NEI 20 intersected with NEI 1 (which is now US 1), which remained the southern terminus of US 201 until the construction of the US 1 freeway, at which point its terminus was moved to its current location on SR 24.

Since its designation in 1926, US 201 has only undergone one major realignment. The original highway used to run through Norridgewock, Anson, and Madison on its way to Solon. In 1954, US 201 was moved to a new eastern alignment which completely bypasses this area and the existing alignment was redesignated US 201A. US 201 has also undergone various other minor route adjustments, but largely maintains its original 1926 routing.

Major intersections


SR 24 Bus. south (Maine Street)
Continuation beyond southern terminus; southern end of concurrency with SR 24 Business

US 1 to I-95 – Portland, Bath

SR 24 Bus. north (Elm Street) – Bowdoinham
Northern end of concurrency with SR 24 Business
SR 196 (Lewiston Road) to I-295 – Bath, Lewiston
Bowdoin6.8711.06 SR 138 (Post Road) – BowdoinhamSouthern terminus of SR 138
SR 125 north – Bowdoinham
Southern end of wrong-way concurrency with SR 125
SR 125 south – Bowdoin, Lewiston
Northern end of wrong-way concurrency with SR 125
SR 197 (Richmond Road) to I-295
SR 138 south (Lancaster Road)
Northern terminus of SR 138

I-295 to I-95 / Maine Turnpike – Brunswick, Portland, Augusta
Exit 49 on I-295

SR 9 west / SR 126 west (Water Street) – Lewiston
Southern end of concurrency with SR 9 / SR 126

SR 9 east / SR 126 east / SR 27 south – USVA Togus, Randolph
SR 24 – Richmond
Northern end of concurrency with SR 9 / SR 126; southern end of concurrency with SR 27
Northern terminus of SR 24

US 202 west / SR 11 south / SR 17 west / SR 100 south to I-95 – Winthrop

SR 8 north / SR 11 north / SR 27 north – Belgrade
Rotary; northern end of concurrency with SR 27; southern end of concurrency with US 202 / SR 17 / SR 100
Southern terminus of SR 8

SR 9 west / SR 17 east (Stone Street) – Randolph, Rockland

SR 105 east (Cony Street East) – Windsor
Rotary; eastern end of concurrency with SR 17; western end of concurrency with SR 9; western terminus of SR 105

US 202 east / SR 9 east (North Belfast Avenue) – China
Northern end of concurrency with US 202 / SR 9

SR 3 to I-95 / Maine Turnpike – Augusta Civic Center Drive, Portland, Belfast
SR 137 (Carter Memorial Drive) to I-95 – Kennedy Memorial Drive, Oakland, China
SR 137 Bus. – China
Southern end of concurrency with SR 137 Bus.
49.3779.45 SR 100A (Halifax Street) – Clinton, BurnhamSouthern terminus of SR 100A

SR 137 Bus. (Spring Street) to I-95 – Oakland
Northern end of concurrency with SR 137 Bus.
SR 11 south (Main Street) / SR 104 – Oakland, Sidney
Southern end of concurrency with SR 11

SR 11 north / SR 100 north / SR 139 east
Northern end of concurrency with SR 11 / SR 100; southern end of concurrency with SR 139
SR 139 west (Western Avenue) – Norridgewock
Northern end of concurrency with SR 139
I-95 – Bangor, AugustaExit 133 on I-95
SR 23 south – Oakland
Southern end of concurrency with SR 23
SR 23 north – Canaan
Northern end of concurrency with SR 23
US 2 west / US 201A (West Front Street) – Norridgewock
SR 104 – Fairfield Center
Southern end of concurrency with US 2; northern terminus of SR 104; southern terminus of US 201A
US 2 east
Northern end of concurrency with US 2
Madison73.55118.37 SR 148 (White School House Road) – MadisonEastern terminus of SR 148
SR 43 (Thurston Hill Road / Horsetail Hill Road) – Athens, MadisonBrief concurrency with SR 43
Solon84.31135.68 US 201A (Ferry Street) / SR 8 – North Anson, MadisonNorthern terminus of US 201A / SR 8
SR 16 west
Southern end of concurrency with SR 16
SR 16 east – Abbot
Northern end of concurrency with SR 16
SR 6 east / SR 15 – Rockwood, Greenville
Southern end of concurrency with SR 6; northern terminus of SR 15
Sandy Bay157.37253.26
SR 6 ends
Northern end of concurrency with SR 6; western terminus of SR 6
R-173 north to A-73 – Saint-Georges, QuébecContinuation beyond Armstrong–Jackman Border Crossing into Québec
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Somerset County Alternate route

U.S. Route 201A marker

U.S. Route 201A

LocationSkowhegan - Solon
Length26.18 mi (42.13 km)
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U.S. Route 201 Alternate (US 201A) is the designation of a former alignment of US 201 in the towns of Skowhegan, Norridgewock, Madison and Anson. The route is 26.18 miles (42.13 km) long and forms a western loop of US 201, which was rerouted in 1954 to bypass to the east. US 201A runs along the Kennebec River over its entire length.

The southern terminus of US 201A is at US 2, US 201 and State Route 104 in Skowhegan. The northern terminus is at US 201 in Anson, a terminus it shares with State Route 8.

US 201A is also part of the Arnold Highway (named for Benedict Arnold), established in 1931 over the original US 201.

US 201A is completely overlapped with other routes due to various realignments of the routes signed over it.

Route description

US 201A begins in Skowhegan just south of the Kennebec River, at an intersection with US 2, US 201, and SR 104 (which has its northern terminus here). US 201A begins overlapped with US 2 and the two routes proceed southwest along the southern bank of the river on the way to Norridgewock. Upon reaching town, the highway intersects with SR 8 and SR 139. SR 139 has its western terminus at this intersection while SR 8 northbound joins the concurrency. Just to the west, US 2 splits off to the southwest, while US 201A goes to the northwest with SR 8 in tow. US 201A and SR 8 are cosigned for the remainder of their lengths.

US 201A and SR 8 continue along the riverbank, turning north into Madison and intersecting with SR 43 and SR 148. US 201A and SR 8 then turn west, joining the converging routes to cross the river as a four-route concurrency. On the west side of the bridge lies the town of Anson, where US 201A and SR 8 split to the north off SR 43 and SR 148, which continue west concurrently. The highway turns north along the west bank of the river into the village of North Anson, intersecting the eastern end of SR 234 before meeting SR 16 just to the north. SR 16 joins US 201A and SR 8, proceeding north along the river out of town, and eventually passing into Solon. Nearing the riverbank once more, SR 16 splits to continue north along the river, while US 201A and SR 8 turn northeast to cross the river. Both routes terminate at US 201.

Junction list

The entire route is in Somerset County. [7]

US 2 east / US 201 / SR 104
Southern end of concurrency with US 2; northern terminus of SR 104
SR 139 east (Waterville Road) – Waterville
Western terminus of SR 139
SR 8 south (Mechanic Street) – Smithfield
Southern end of concurrency with SR 8
US 2 west – Mercer, Farmington
Northern end of concurrency with US 2

SR 43 north (Weston Avenue) / SR 148 east (Main Street) – Athens, East Madison, Skowhegan
Southern end of concurrency with SR 43 / SR 148

SR 43 south / SR 148 west – Farmington, Starks
Northern end of concurrency with SR 43 / SR 148
SR 234 west (Union Street) – New Vineyard
Eastern terminus of SR 234
SR 16 west – Kingfield, New Portland
Southern end of concurrency with SR 16
SR 16 east (Kennebec River Road) – Bingham, Concord
Northern end of concurrency with SR 16
US 201 (Main Street) / SR 8 ends – Skowhegan, Bingham
Northern terminus of US 201A and SR 8; north end of concurrency with SR 8
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b U.S. Numbered Highways – 1989 Edition (current). AASHTO. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  2. ^ Scenic Byway. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  3. ^ Maine Scenic Drives: Old Canada Road Scenic Byway. HowStuffWorks. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  4. ^ Gibson, John (1998). Maine's Most Scenic Roads: 25 Routes Off the Beaten Path. Camden, Maine: Down East Books. pp. 123–130.
  5. ^ Old Canada Road Scenic Byway (Route 201). Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ Old Canada Road Scenic Byway – Official Designations. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d "MaineDOT Public Map Viewer". Maine Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 10, 2017.

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