Drivers passing through the Maine Turnpike toll plaza in West Gardiner late Thursday night and early in the morning Friday could see delays as work continues to create a fast lane for EZ Pass holders.

According to a news release from the Maine Turnpike Authority, “a series of 25-minute stoppages will occur at the West Gardiner Toll Plaza” from 10 a.m. Thursday and until about 5 a.m. Friday. Traffic will be stopped first in the northbound lane.

“The stoppages are necessary while crews erect the space frame canopy for Open Road Tolling lanes currently being constructed,” the release says.

The installation of the high-speed toll lanes is part of a $6 million project awarded to Wyman & Simpson, of Richmond. Work began in April 2015 and is scheduled to be finished in fall 2016.

“Once finished, there will be one highway speed toll lane in both directions allowing E-ZPass users to pay their tolls without slowing down,” according to the release. “This technology is the same as the ORT plaza currently open in New Gloucester along the Maine Turnpike.”

The Maine Turnpike recommends motorists be prepared for delays or seek alternate routes. Information about the closures will be listed on message boards and broadcast on the Highway Advisory Radio on 1610 AM.

More information about that project and other Maine Turnpike projects and services is available at

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