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Townsend Gut Bridge



BH Photo #216456

Street Views 


Swing bridge over Townsend Gut on ME 27 in Southport
Lincoln County, Maine
Open to traffic
Built 1939; rehabilitated 1987
Length of largest span: 88.9 ft.
Total length: 374.0 ft.
Deck width: 22.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 15.1 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.84250, -69.65417   (decimal degrees)
43°50'33" N, 69°39'15" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/447414/4854587 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Boothbay Harbor
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
ME 2789 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19872 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of November 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.7 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 6, 2020: New photo from Patrick Gurwell
  • January 4, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • July 1, 2014: New Street View added by Ralph Demars
  • November 26, 2013: New photo from Brian bartlett
  • August 26, 2013: New photo from Douglas Butler
  • October 9, 2011: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Townsend Gut Bridge
Posted August 30, 2021, by Faith Armstrong (Basesoft99 [at] aol [dot] com)

My grandparents retired to Southport in 1960 and my grandfather soon accepted a job a job as part-time bridge tender, working with and alongside several members of the Lewis family.

I have recently seen an enlarged color photo of the bridge in a home on Southport. I'm wondering if this is something I might be able to get through you? The picture would seem to be from the 1930's or 40's with automobiles passing over the bridge...one is orange. Its a postcard but I'd love to get it enlarged to have it in my home now...my grandparents home, that my husband and I now own. Is this something you could help me with??