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Frank J. Wood Bridge

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Frank J. Wood Bridge

Photo taken by C Hanchey in October 2009

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BH Photo #147967

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Facts 

Overview
Through truss bridge over Androscoggin River on US 201 in Brunswick and Topsham
Location
Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, and Sagadahoc County, Maine
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1932 by the Boston Bridge Works; rehabilitated 1985
Builder
- Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts
Design
Polygonal Warren through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 310.1 ft.
Total length: 815.0 ft.
Deck width: 29.9 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.9 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Green Bridge
Brunswick-Topsham Bridge
Androscoggin River Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.92066, -69.96596   (decimal degrees)
43°55'14" N, 69°57'57" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/422451/4863513 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Brunswick
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
20,026
Inventory numbers
ME 2016 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19826 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2016)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 25.2 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 23, 2015: Photo imported by Dave King
  • January 4, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 28, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • June 26, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • February 5, 2014: Photo imported by Brian bartlett
  • December 11, 2013: Photo imported by Brian bartlett
  • September 11, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • April 12, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth
  • October 20, 2009: Updated by C Hanchey: Bridge is known as the Frank J. Wood Bridge; added bridge builder

Sources 

  • C Hanchey - cmh2315fl [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Frank J. Wood Bridge National Register Eligibility
Posted November 30, 2017, by Phin (phinwhite [at] me [dot] com)

The Frank Wood Bridge is individually eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Please see attached letter, dated 11-16-17, by the Maine State Historic Preservation Officer, Kirk Mohney where the historical significance is outlined in detail.

FHWA's determination of the preferred alternative (to replace the Frank Wood Bridge) was based upon their 106 findings which included the bridge not being individually eligible for listing to the National Register. As I have pointed out previously FHWA has not met the minimum standards for public involvement (§800.2(d)) in the Section 106 review process. I point to the April 5, 2017 106 meeting. Members of the public, dozens of people, were denied an opportunity to speak at this meeting. The consulting parties were denied an opportunity to speak and present their research at the April 5th meeting.

I have requested that the Federal Highway Administration retract the preferred alternative finding. I have also requested they schedule a new 106 meeting— or a continuation of the April 5th meeting, and allow the consulting parties an equal amount of time (that the Maine DOT had) to present their information.

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Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted July 12, 2017, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Great to see! We need more groups like this out there!!

Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted July 12, 2017, by Jason Smith (flensburg [dot] bridgehunter [dot] av [at] googlemail [dot] com)

The people are not accepting MDOT's recommendation for replacement. In fact, they're up in arms in a legal sense. Have a look at the interview with Mr. Graham to find out more: http://thebridgehunter.areavoices.com/2017/07/12/locals-figh...

Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted May 10, 2016, by John Graham (john [at] johngrahamrealestate [dot] com)

We do have a growing group of people fighting to save this bridge. Please like us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FrankJWoodBridge/

We are actively looking for examples of similar age bridges still in use in other states to use in the 106 process as examples of other states investing in their historical bridges. This bridge has a long future if we can get our voice heard and we intend to!

Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted May 9, 2016, by Nathan Holth (nathan [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Tony... you mean this stamp, right?

Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted May 9, 2016, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Unfortunately, Maine seems to have a "Rubber stamp" approach when it comes to historic bridges.

Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted May 9, 2016, by Andy Peters (anpete1971 [at] gmail [dot] com)
Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted February 24, 2015, by Matt Lohry

It's Maine; kiss it goodbye.

Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted February 24, 2015, by Ralph Demars
Frank J. Wood Bridge
Posted December 10, 2011, by David A. Shaw (scpry2 [at] hotmail [dot] com)

There's news about the bridge. Link below.

http://www.wmtw.com/news/29963754/detail.html