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South Bristol Bridge (1933)


Photo taken by Brian Bartlett in November 2013


BH Photo #271196

Street Views 


Swing bridge over The Gut on 129 in South Bristol
South Bristol, Lincoln County, Maine
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1933; rehabilitated 1984
Span length: 78.1 ft.
Total length: 78.1 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Also called
The Gut Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.86194, -69.55833   (decimal degrees)
43°51'43" N, 69°33'30" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/455132/4856690 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Pemaquid Point
Average daily traffic (as of 2015)
Inventory numbers
ME 2339 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19871 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of January 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 62.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 27, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • July 26, 2016: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge has been demolished and replaced.
  • December 10, 2015: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • January 4, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 23, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • November 26, 2013: New photo from Brian Bartlett
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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South Bristol Gut Bridge
Posted January 14, 2019, by Catherine Mettey (catherine [dot] mettey [at] maine [dot] gov)

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.