Ready for It? Here’s When You Can Drive on the New Brunswick-Topsham, Maine, Bridge
There's this one bridge in Maine that has been aging fast and in need of vital updating.
The Frank J. Wood Bridge which crosses over the Androscoggin River and connects Brunswick and Topsham through Route 201.
Why did they have to update this bridge?
Because it was 90 years old and had significant structural issues, that's why.
It will be nice to have a safe bridge that serves cyclists and pedestrians. But when will you be able to drive across, bike across, or skip across this updated bridge? That's what I am here to find out for you.
The Maine DOT posted back in 2021 that they were starting inspections on the old gal and have now been underway with the replacement bridge.
According to Maine.gov the new bridge is designed to last for 100 years!
Here is a design image of what the bridge will look like when it's finished brought to you by RDV Systems.
Maine.gov has reported that the upcoming bridge is a good step towards enhancing safety and reliability for the nearby communities.
They go on to say that this newest design will have sidewalks on both sides with pedestrian viewing areas. The design is to ensure unobstructed views of the scenic beauty and architectural elements of the Pejepscot Falls area.
So when will it be open to public travelers?
If all goes as planned they think that the construction is set to be completed by late 2026, with the possibility of the new bridge opening to traffic even before then.
How much will it cost? Coming in hot for the the total contract value for the project is..drumroll please...a whopping $49,869,767.
Wow, bridges are expensive.