Rating:
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New Portland Wire Bridge 19-13-S1

Photos 

Deck view

Photos taken July 2007 by Frank Danberg

BH Photo #109273

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The New Portland (Wire) Bridge is the only early American suspension bridge that remains basically unaltered. The New Portland Suspension Bridge is the only extant example of a suspension bridge with covered wood towers in the United States.

-- Historic American Engineering Record

Facts 

Overview
Suspension bridge over Carrabasset River on Wire Bridge Road in New Portland
Location
Somerset County, Maine
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built ca. 1866; rehabilitated 1961
Design
Wire suspension
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 192.9 ft.
Total length: 198.2 ft.
Deck width: 10.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 12.5 ft.
Recognition
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 12, 1970
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.89067, -70.09289   (decimal degrees)
44°53'26" N, 70°05'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
19/413699/4971385 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
New Portland
Inventory numbers
NRHP 70000065 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
ME 3383 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19920 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 11/2015)
Deck condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 43.9 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)
74

Update Log 

  • July 23, 2016: New photos from Brian Bartlett
  • January 4, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • December 3, 2014: New Street View added by Dave King
  • December 2, 2014: Updated by Nathan Holth: Removed aqueduct reference.
  • February 6, 2012: HAER photos posted by Jason Smith
  • October 8, 2007: Posted photos from Frank Danberg

Sources 

  • HAER ME-3 - New Portland Suspension Bridge, Spanning Carrabasset River, New Portland, Somerset County, ME
  • Frank Danberg
  • HAER ME-3 - New Portland Suspension Bridge, Spanning Carrabasset River, New Portland, Somerset County, ME
  • Nathan Holth
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Brian Bartlett - worumbo54 [at] gmail [dot] com

Comments 

New Portland Wire Bridge
Posted December 2, 2014, by Nathan Holth (webmaster [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

The text was copied from the main HAER entry (and that text remains on the HAER page). I am neither responsible for HAER or the description on BridgeHunter, but I did just use my editing privilege to remove the phrase.

On a side note, visit this bridge while you can. MaineDOT likely wants to demolish it... just like the last metal belidor bascule in the country and the last pin connected highway truss in the state.

New Portland Wire Bridge
Posted December 2, 2014, by Don Sayenga (Dsayenga [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan

About a year ago I suggested deleting this phrase

aside from John A. Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct

It has been inappropriate for a long time. The phrase apparently came from a very old HAER-HABS summary. It is no a longer part of the HAER summary.

Don

New Portland Wire Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

Don, the Delaware Aqueduct has an unusual history because as your statement implies you are aware, the bridge was severely altered many years ago when the Aqueduct portion was removed, making it look and function like a regular bridge. More recently, modern (not original) wooden materials were used to reconstruct and replica the Aqueduct portion that had been removed, while at the same time retaining the ability for pedestrians to walk on it (meaning it was not filled with water). As for the paragraph to which you refer on this page, I believe it is a word-for-word quote from the Historic American Engineering Record documentation for this bridge... which is in itself unusual because they should have been aware that the Delaware Aqueduct was altered.

New Portland Wire Bridge
Posted January 8, 2014, by Don Sayenga (Dsayenga [at] gmail [dot] com)

Suggest delete the phrase "aside from John A Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct".