Rating:
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Back River Bridge

Photos 

Photo taken by worldislandinfo.com, CC BY 2.0

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BH Photo #209083

Map 

Street View 

Facts 

Overview
Swing bridge over Back River on SA 5 in Boothbay
Location
Lincoln County, Maine
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement.
History
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1983
Design
Swing
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 55.1 ft.
Total length: 288.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.88139, -69.67167   (decimal degrees)
43°52'53" N, 69°40'18" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/446042/4858918 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Westport
Inventory numbers
ME 2039 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19867 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 06/2015)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 21.4 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
966

Categories 

Built 1931 (809)
Built during 1930s (10,691)
Doomed (1,041)
Flared (406)
Have street view (22,582)
Lincoln County, Maine (27)
Maine (593)
Movable (2,712)
Navigable waterway (2,003)
Open (36,896)
Owned by state (13,898)
Skewed (4,718)
Span length 50-75 feet (9,015)
Swing (1,251)
Total length 250-500 feet (4,671)

Update Log 

  • July 7, 2015: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • January 4, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 1, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • November 27, 2013: Photo imported by Brian bartlett
  • August 18, 2011: New photo from Nathan Holth

Sources 

  • Nathan Holth
  • Douglas Butler
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net

Comments 

Back River Bridge
Posted June 22, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

This one MAY be hand operated............

Back River Bridge
Posted July 7, 2015, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

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"

http://www.boothbayregister.com/article/mdot-receives-public...

Given that MaineDOT treats metal truss bridges like disease infested cockroaches... it isn't too hard to imagine an outcome here.