US 201 is a US Highway in the US state of Maine. The road forms a north-south route through the center of the state, between Brunswick and the border with Canada, via Augusta and Waterville. The route is 259 kilometers long.
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The road begins in Brunswick, a town of 21,000 on the coast of Maine. The road begins at the intersection with US 1, the road from Portland to Rockland. The road then crosses Interstate 295 and then parallels this highway to the north. The area here is sloping and wooded. Just before the end of I-295, it crosses again and the road parallels Interstate 95 and the Kennebec River to the north, through the 19,000-population capital city of Augusta. Here you cross the US 202, the road from Auburn/Lewiston to Bangor. The road then heads north along the east bank of the Kennebec to the town of Waterville, 35 kilometers north. After Waterville one crosses theInterstate 95, which continues toward Bangor and Houlton. US 201 then runs parallel to the Kennebec further inland, and crosses US 2 at Skowhagan, the road from Rumford to Bangor. The road then begins a longer route to the increasingly sparsely populated interior. The landscape changes from hilly to mountainous with peaks at 1000 meters. At West Forks, the road leaves the valley of the Kennebec and enters the virtually uninhabited plateau of northern Maine. This area is densely wooded, but you sometimes have beautiful views. About 20 kilometers past Jackman, the border with the Canadian province of Quebec follows. From here, Quebec Route 173 continues to Saint Georges and Quebec City.
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US 201 was created in 1926. The route was first numbered as New England Route NE-20 in the early 1920s. The route has not changed significantly since 1926. Between 1955 and 1965, I-295 and I-95 were built parallel between Brunswick and Waterville, so that the southern part of US 201 has no through importance.