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Piscataquis River Bridge


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Photo taken by Maine Department of Transportation

BH Photo #177590

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Lost through truss bridge over Piscataquis River on ME 116 in Howland
Howland, Penobscot County, Maine
Replaced by a new bridge
Future prospects
Demolished and replaced under an active design-build contract.
Built 1928 by the American Bridge Co.; replaced 2012
- American Bridge Co. of New York
Three span riveted Pennsylvania through truss
Length of largest span: 171.9 ft.
Total length: 527.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.6 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+45.23988, -68.65866   (decimal degrees)
45°14'24" N, 68°39'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/526790/5009654 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
ME 3040 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19896 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2018)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Very Good (8 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 59 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • October 31, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • September 14, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • April 12, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS and info.

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Piscataquis River Bridge
Posted May 23, 2022, by Paul Plassman

Photo 14 is probably the predecessor bridge, as it has pinned connections as opposed to riveted ones: https://bridgehunter.com/me/penobscot/bh98065/

Piscataquis River Bridge
Posted September 14, 2010, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Yet another large, beautiful, historic bridge that could easily be rehabilitated instead being torn down by Maine.