The swing bridge was replaced between 2014 to 2016 with a cable-stayed bascule bridge. Key design innovations included abutments and bascule piers founded on bedrock constructed without de-watered cofferdams, a cable-stayed bascule bridge superstructure, an orthotropic deck to minimize structure depth/weight, and flood resistant machinery enclosures. The end product was an aesthetic bascule bridge that met the communities desire for a small scaled bridge that fit within the area, and which provides reliable bridge operation with easy maintenance and is a durable structure to last 70 years in a harsh marine environment with extreme tidal shifts.
MaineDOT - Owner
Cianbro Corporation, Pittsfield, Maine - Contractor
Hardesty & Hanover, New York, New York - Designer/EOR.
The Gut Bridge received 5 awards for design and construction:
1. 2017 ENR Regional Merit Project of the Year,
2. 2017 ACEC Maine Grand Conceptor Award,
3. 2017 Road & Bridges Top Ten Bridges of the Year,
4. 2017 NASHTO America’s Transportation Award, and
5. 2018 NSBA award winning bridge (Prize bridge) in the movable span category.
These photos taken 19 July 1964 by Thomas W. Styer III (my father). The morning fog had only partially dissipated.
I see nothing but rusty rails and bad ties in the aerial imagery.
Bridge is still in active service.
Postcard Dated 1921 Possibly predecessor Bridge? Maybe explains 1901 plaque?
My brother, John W. Ready, Jr. was Maine Game Warden at at Pittston Farm in 1971 when these photos were taken. He's on Facebook.
Soon, we may have an update to include bridges outside the United States. This bridge has probably been added in anticipation of the potential new update.
This is located in New Brunswick, Canada.
Wrong location. It is Canada. Connecting Prince Edward Island to the mainland. Johnny Regan Somerville, nj.
In that case have fun hunting down this Pratt: https://youtu.be/sb3TWNzMSr0?t=47s
Cheating, till Bridgehunter 3.0. Can delete if James wishes.
As is this one.
This bridge is actually in Canada
Well fortunately, there could be 6+ years to save the bridge. Now would be the time to begin organizing a movement to save this landmark.
The railroad has been almost completely abandoned and may face demolition by 2024. Last time a train was spotted crossing this bridge was over a year ago, and even then, reportedly trains only crossed about once a month.
This bridge altogether with its former lower deck would’ve been a great candidate for restoration for pedestrian use. With the railroad abandoned, and the lower deck no longer safe for traffic, we could see a unique bridge with pedestrians only on one deck and bicycles only on another deck. Yet, instead MaineDOT had to remove the unique lower deck and now threaten to demolish the entire bridge if the railroad doesn’t start “using it” again. Shameful.
I think the purpose of those arches is to provide lateral stability to the trusses, i.e. "tripping brackets".
The arches do look original, but I'm no expert.
I really wrote this message to compliment the photograph.
It looks really nice.
I was not aware any bridges of this design existed in the United States, but I know of a couple in Canada. All are associated with the Canadian Pacific Railway. I have not visited them to confirm that the arches are original, but I suspect that they may indeed be original. The design is European, bridges with this detail can be found overseas. If original, than the bridge meets the definition of a through truss, which is clearly defined as a truss bridge with trusses beside the road/railway and overhead bracing.
I wouldn’t call this a through Truss. To me, it’s clearly a pony truss with extra bracing installed to strengthen the span.
This bridge is one of the strangest I've seen in a while. The cross bars above the bridge are arched- they seem to not have any structural purpose. Is it really a through truss? Photo belongs to David Larrabee.
The broken plaque on this bridge indicates a post-1910 American Bridge Company structure
The bridge might already have been removed before '36. It looks like the preferred crossing for the MEC became the current bridge at Fairfield when that was built in 1916, making the crossing in question redundant. I haven't been able to find any info on its fate though
There seems to have been a bridge upriver, behind the Maine central RR car shops. This photo was taken after the 1936 flood. No mention of the bridge being destroyed by the flood on the website I found it on.
The supports still stand.
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.
For Maine this might actually count as 'preservation', as the bridge is still mostly intact. Generally they are imploded and sent off to the scrapheap. At least there is still a option of rehabilitation/reuse right now, although given the states approach for historic bridges I'd say the chances are negligible and this will eventually be scrapped or just rust away
Its a shame, this would make a great pedestrian bridge. And there are only about a dozen of these American Bridge/United Construction Co. structures left.
This bridge is laying in the weeds just feet from where it once stood. Here is a video of the parts:
It is known as the Granny Hole Bridge in Topsham
Actually, all that needs to happen is that Brian's msi-added Panaramio imports need to be deleted from this entry and Jack's proper images made the default.
Two bridges at two different GPS coords.
Might want to merge these entries.
... and of course Maine didn't care about that.
National Register Nomination form attached.
Something looks fishy here in the satellite view, it appears to me that the original bridge was demolished and replaced with a (Bailey?) truss. The road lines up differently now, and old abutments are seen to the north.
Nothing good that I am aware of. Its been a while since I heard anything, but last I heard MaineDOT definitely wants to replace the bridge. There was some local opposition, but given Maine's handling of other projects I doubt this will change the outcome (demolition and replacement). If someone has more recent news, I would welcome it too.
The REAL shame about the Waldo-Hancock Bridge was that the Maine DOT allowed it to quietly rot away for so many years. To even support its own dead weight, they would still have to have replaced both main suspension cables, because they didn't do the maintenance the bridge needed when it needed to be done. It IS sad, and hopefully they are no longer neglecting their remaining Robinson and Steinman bridges.
Any news on this rare bridge?
This bridge has been removed! http://lcnme.com/currentnews/removal-whitefields-howe-road-b...
Bridge now gone, replaced by concrete slab.
Apparently this bridge is also called the Green Bridge.
Try to visit on Halloween, because it's HAUNTED!
Ooh, dat's scary!!!1!!
Well your heart was in the right place. I think what happened here is that the previous Bar Harbor had ferry survived the previous Portland-Yarmouth,NS ferry by a few years.
This one is twice as fast as the old Portland ferry was if not even faster than that, but alas there's no mention there of a Casino on board?
It appears I have made a sad mistake. This ferry operates between Portland, ME and Yarmouth, NS. Perhaps we can make a separate entry?
The ferry has re-opened, and appears to feature a new ship : https://www.ferries.ca/thecat/
Bridge was removed sometime in 2016. Since the rail line is no longer active, it will not be replaced.
You and me both! Thanks for digging up these postcard views though, they're a great resource
Thanks Michael, sure would have liked to see this one!
If the State of Maine spent the money and Maintained the existing bridges, instead of letting them rust and fall apart, then they would not have to replace so many. As a tax payer, I'm a VERY dissatisfied customer!
Great to see! We need more groups like this out there!!
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...
This one MAY be hand operated............
Imagine that... An historic bridge in Maine being replaced!
The news story here would be if they were actually saving one!
This bridge is being replaced. New bridge will be just down steam of current one. Almost where the original bridge sat.
This bridge is being replaced. New bridge will be just down steam of current one. Almost where the original bridge sat.
Google earth shows a replacement span being built just downstream from this truss bridge, so if its not gone it will be soon.
It a shame that this bridge was located in a state so hostile to truss bridges. At just under 1,000 feet with 5 spans this was an increasingly rare example of a long multi-span truss bridge.
Looking at the finals, portal cresting, and builder plaque style this is a Berlin Iron Bridge Co. product. Given the truss style and details I would put fabrication for this bridge around 1895-1900.
I daresay this bridge and the bridge next to it are both doomed--GE satellite imagery shows a new alignment with new bridges being built right next to these.
I'm OK reworking things but Congress Street looks like a concrete arch with a stone finish and the old abutments don't appear visible based on the aerial/satellite views.
How confident are you in your statement?
Your location is wrong. This is the Congress Street bridge crossing the Stroudwater River in Portland. The stonework is still there, even though the bridge was modernized in the late 1970s.
Looks Like this replaced
Good find on the builder Luke, I was curious about this one! Its a pretty remote one for Massillon as well.
"Oldest wooden bridge in Maine Jay ME 15"
Probably long gone. What a shame.
Wasn't sure where this was! 1915 Postcard
Yet another nice find, Dana!
Technically a three-fer, as there's a pony truss to the north of this one, and there used to be a through truss over the northern portion.
Photo #15 is not the West Buxton Bridge, it is the old Bar Mills bridge before it was rebuilt in 2016
Bridge was in use through 1980, at least. Grand Trunk equipment was removed by using MEC tracks down Commercial Street following the fire.
Note: this bridge is in Sagadahoc County, not Cumberland.
There is an article about this bridge at this site. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_v_Black
Bridges were commonly named after a nearby landowner. I can't say for certain that this is the case here, but it might be worth checking.
When i was little,people called this Blacks Bridge,do you know where that name came from?
According to the local Independent Reporter newspaper, this bridge has been rebuilt 4 times in its history. The bridge pictured in the illustration is the third version which was badly damaged in the 1936 flood. The Public Works Administration supplied $1,000 in rebuilding it with the addition of the concrete abutments. The first bridge cost $500, according to Willard Eaton, who was in charge of the bridge built in 1901 which cost between $700 and $800.
1. Its not a metal truss bridge. Wood and stone have a better standing as 'historic' amongst the general public.
2. Based on my previous post, the anti-preservationists are getting fired up...
Letter to the editor: Stackpole Bridge project raises questions about oversight, more in Saco
A bond was approved in November 2014 for $990,000 to repair Saco’s Stackpole Bridge. The lowest bidder was Chesterfield Associates ($839,500); CPM was the fourth highest bidder ($1.19 million). The City Council awarded the contract to the latter, the preferred contractor of Friends of Stackpole Bridge.
Central to the project was restoration to the bridge’s historic significance. Subsequent to the award and several design modifications, it was determined that an additional $370,000 was required to fix the bridge. These funds were approved by the council last Dec. 21.
Since last fall, changes have been made to the design. Progress reports were not offered until a Saco resident publicly requested an update in May. In June, the request for information was pursued.
Mayor Roland Michaud acknowledged the city received a letter from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission stating that the bridge wouldn’t be recognized for its historic significance. The process leading up to this disclosure has not been made transparent by the city.
Despite the design changes, not to mention the costs associated, the selected contractor cannot deliver on the principal objective: to reconstruct the historic structure.
Where is the oversight? Was the historic goal realistic in light of the funds approved at referendum? Should the low bidder have been passed over or given an opportunity to submit alternatives with the additional funds afforded the current bidder?
Was allocating additional sums in keeping with the referendum’s intent? Has the city been placed in a position of losing state funding? Who authorized the various project changes?
What role has Friends of Stackpole Bridge played in the process? What legal advice has been sought or given? Where is the Saco City Council leadership?
Again, where is the oversight?
As concerned citizens, we believe that our local government needs to be more transparent and attentive to the management of the public coffers.
chairperson, Saco Citizens for Sensible Government
Just one of many stories on the internet about this bridge and the "Bomber" Werner Horn. You have to read down a ways to get to the bridge.
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!
Tony... you mean this stamp, right?
Unfortunately, Maine seems to have a "Rubber stamp" approach when it comes to historic bridges.
Maine DOT recommends demolishing it.
Its so unbelievable I may have to wait to see it to believe it, but it appears that Maine may PRESERVE A HISTORIC BRIDGE!!! Amazing! I got word they just had a meeting and that all hurdles have been cleared and it will be restored. Here is an article hinting at this from a few months ago.
Unfortunately Maine is quite good at that Bruce!
Went to find a steel grate bridge this weekend only to find this bridge has been replaced
Bridge is gone.
Satellite views show that the bridge has been replaced.
The bridge is gone.
Perhaps with your club's permission some of the pictures on your club's site could be posted on this page. It is nice to show old bridges that have been saved through the efforts of community.
FYI, if I am reading it correctly, you have designated this bridge as "owned by the state" and "pedestrian traffic only". This Bridge is owned by Brookfield Renewable Energy, as is the Hydro Station beneath it. Prior to that it was owned by FPL (Florida Power and Light)Energy, and prior to that it was owned by CMP (Central Maine Power). Prior to that it was owned by Maine Central Railroad. While it is closed to unauthorized on-road type traffic, it is used daily as a recreational multi-use bridge. Depending on the season, you may encounter pedestrians, Snowmobilers, ATVs, Equestrians, Bicyclists, Joggers, even full sized service vehicles servicing the hydro station. It was rehabilitated in 2008 during a project undertaken by the Moose Alley Riders ATV Club at a cost of $160,000 and paid for - partially - by the Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). It was stripped to the iron superstructure, and a complete new solid deck was built, complete with a horse and snowmobile friendly rubber covering. Thought you might want to know.
MaineDOT is "deciding" whether to repair or replace this bridge while also claimed (which is a pile of nonsense) that "The truss is well past its design life and needs replacing"
Given that MaineDOT treats metal truss bridges like disease infested cockroaches... it isn't too hard to imagine an outcome here.
This bridge is closed.
This bridge is open.
Here is a photo, courtesy of Maine Memory Network and Pejepscot Historical Society.
This bridge is gone.
Why hasn't the M.V. Blue Nose been re-named the C.N. - Blue Nose yet?
Did the mystery busiest editor really take a night off?
It's Maine; kiss it goodbye.
Rail traffic has not been over this bridge in a while.
Replacement is open now. Bridge being demolished.
The text was copied from the main HAER entry (and that text remains on the HAER page). I am neither responsible for HAER or the description on BridgeHunter, but I did just use my editing privilege to remove the phrase.
On a side note, visit this bridge while you can. MaineDOT likely wants to demolish it... just like the last metal belidor bascule in the country and the last pin connected highway truss in the state.
About a year ago I suggested deleting this phrase
aside from John A. Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct
It has been inappropriate for a long time. The phrase apparently came from a very old HAER-HABS summary. It is no a longer part of the HAER summary.
Research continuing but a picture in the article Shows the prior bridge; a lenticular truss!
You say the trestles burned in 1984, actually it was the motor/gear house in the middle of the bridge at it's swingpoint that was burned by arsonists. The trestles have rotted away quite nicely on their own. Thanks for posting the photo. John