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Kennebec River Bridge

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Overview
Swing bridge over Kennebec River on ME 197 in Richmond
Location
Sagadahoc County, Maine, and Lincoln County, Maine
Status
Open to traffic
Future prospects
Slated for demolition and replacement. Unclear if Section 106 (required for this federally funded project involving a NR eligible bridge) has yet been conducted.
History
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1988
Design
Swing
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 177.2 ft.
Total length: 1,238.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 11.4 ft.
Recognition
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Also called
Richmond-Dresden bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.09056, -69.78278   (decimal degrees)
44°05'26" N, 69°46'58" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/437336/4882228 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Richmond
Inventory numbers
ME 2506 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 10/2012)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 33.1 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2012)
3,192

Update Log 

  • June 28, 2014: Updated by Ralph Demars: Added alternate name
  • November 27, 2013: Photo imported by Brian bartlett
  • August 14, 2013: Photo imported by Dave King
  • December 13, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: This bridge is now doomed.
  • September 19, 2010: New photos from Doug Kerr
  • April 13, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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Kennebec River Bridge
Posted July 5, 2014, by Ralph Demars

The bridge's main span was taken downriver during The Great flood/ice jam of 1936. According to the Brunswick Record (Now called The Times Record) said under the photo that it "wasn't likely" that they would rebuilt it.

Now, 78 years later, it's getting replaced. *chuckles a little*

Kennebec River Bridge
Posted August 19, 2013, by Douglas Butler

Kennebec River bridge drawing.

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