Photo taken by Maine Department of Transportation
BH Photo #176809
This bridge was one of only three rainbow arch bridges and the longest rainbow arch bridge in Maine when it was demolished, and one of the few rainbow arches in the entire New England and Mid-Atlantic Region. It also was significant for an unusual reinforcing detail at the shoes of the bridge. The bridge also contributed to an eligible National Register Historic District. The bridge was also featured on numerous community logos, banners, and signs. Adding to its extremely high level of historic significance was the fact that it was designed by Llewellyn N. Edwards, the first State Bridge Engineer of Maine, who is also considered a nationally significant bridge engineer.
Edwards, who favored beautiful bridges, was quoted as saying "Let us place a little more care upon the design and construction of our bridges. Let us make them worthy of our day and of our civilization."
These words were clearly lost on MaineDOT today with the demolition of this nationally significant bridge and replacement with a modern bridge with no heritage value whatsoever, but perhaps they will serve as inspiration to preserve beautiful bridges such as this elsewhere.
- Rainbow arch bridge over Kennebec River on US 201A/ME 8 in Norridgewock
- Norridgewock, Somerset County, Maine
- Replaced by new bridge
- Built 1928, replaced in 2011
- - Llewelyn N. Edwards
- Four span reinforced concrete tied through arch, 102' foot spans with four concrete t-beam approach spans of 31' each. Bridge clearance over average river level was 40'. Bridge had 2' 5" cantilevered sidewalks on each side.
Length of largest span: 109.9 ft.
Total length: 588.9 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 14.2 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Covered Bridge
Kennebec River Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +44.71697, -69.79727 (decimal degrees)
44°43'01" N, 69°47'50" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 19/436854/4951819 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Inventory numbers
- ME 2187 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19919 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection (as of 08/2008)
- Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Serious (3 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 17.0 (out of 100)
- Average daily traffic (as of 2007)
- July 31, 2011: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
- July 29, 2011: New photo from Luke Harden
- September 28, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added Info From HAER Documentation.
- September 8, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Updated/fixed bridge type and status.
- February 9, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge has been replaced.