Crosby Maintenance facility, South Portland, 1959

Contributed by Maine Turnpike Authority


The Maine Turnpike Authority commissioned the first left-handed plow in the United States to make plowing a two-lane divided highway easier, and more efficient. This "first" was considered an important advance, and representatives from several of the country’s new superhighways came to witness the new plow in action. In 2019, "lefthanders" are standard issue for highway maintenance crews throughout the nation.

The Maine Turnpike was the first superhighway in the world to be paved entirely with asphalt—not concrete. This decision surprised highway engineers who thought concrete was the only material suitable to build highway lanes. Many skeptics from around the world were invited to see the value and durability of asphalt under Maine's extreme weather conditions.

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  • Title: Crosby Maintenance facility, South Portland, 1959
  • Creation Date: 1959-03-13
  • Subject Date: 1959-03-13
  • Location: South Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Turnpike Authority
2360 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 482-8122

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