ISLAND FALLS — A 10-mile section of Interstate 95 in northern Maine is closing for five months for improvements.

The northbound lanes between Island Falls and Oakfield in Aroostook County are closing to traffic on Monday to allow crews to rebuild the lanes to minimize frost heaves. The lanes are scheduled to reopen in mid-November.

During the closure, traffic is being diverted to U.S. Route 2, which runs parallel to I-95 and won’t add significant time for motorists driving north.

The Department of Transportation says that by closing the lanes altogether, the project will take less time and be less expensive.

Southbound lanes are remaining open.

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