Significance of former lower deck
Was the only identified example of an unusual double-deck railroad and suspended vehicular bridge in the state, and a fine example of a rivet-connected Baltimore thru truss design. It is one of only four 1890-1928 Baltimore truss bridges identified in a recent state bridge survey. It was built in 1909 to replace an 1880 double-deck bridge, and illustrates the evolution of the truss type into a heavily-built structure capable of supporting increased locomotive weights. It carries a minor branch of the Maine Central, today used for local traffic, and is an alternate route to a larger road bridge downstream for road travel between Brunswick and Topsham.
Katherine Larson Farnham, HAER, November 1999
- Baltimore through truss bridge over Androscoggin River on Pan Am Railways Lewiston Lower Branch in Brunswick
- Brunswick, Cumberland County, Maine, and Sagadahoc County, Maine
- Unique suspended deck demolished; railroad deck remains although practically unused
- Future prospects
- Entire bridge may face demolition by 2024 due to the fact that the remaining upper deck has practically been abandoned by the railroad. The last time a train was spotted on this bridge was over a year ago, and even then trains reportedly only crossed about once a month.
- Built 1909; Approach span rebuilt 1957; rehabilitated 1987; lower deck demolished 2014
- - Pennsylvania Steel Co. of Steelton, Pennsylvania
- - Guilford Rail System (GRS)
- Maine Central Railroad (MEC)
- Pan Am Railways (PAR)
- Springfield Terminal Railway (ST)
- Baltimore through truss bridge with suspended lower roadway, attached by pin-connected eyebars below the bottom chords of the trusses
Length of largest span: 200.1 ft.
Total length: 317.9 ft.
Deck width: 12.5 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 10.7 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
- Also called
- Free-Black Bridge
ST - Black Bridge
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +43.91607, -69.97513 (decimal degrees)
43°54'58" N, 69°58'30" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 19/421709/4863013 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Average daily traffic (as of 2013)
- Inventory numbers
- ME 0323 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19827 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- Inspection report (as of March 2015)
- Sufficiency rating: 23.3 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com
- July 6, 2020: New photos from Patrick Gurwell
- April 25, 2018: Updated by Amanda: Added category "Historic Integrity Altered"
- February 21, 2018: Essay added by Amanda
- August 1, 2017: New photo from Michael Quiet
- July 28, 2016: New Street View added by J.P.
- January 4, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
- October 7, 2014: Photo imported by Brian Bartlett
- January 12, 2014: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Springfield Terminal Railway", "Pan Am Railways"
- December 23, 2013: Updated by Brian bartlett: updated status
- December 11, 2013: Photo imported by Brian bartlett
- August 12, 2013: Updated by Dave King: Fixed name
- May 13, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Maine Central Railroad", "Railroad"
- June 16, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added GPS and Street View
- November 16, 2008: New photo from J.R. Manning
- J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
- Nathan Holth
- Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
- Brian Bartlett - worumbo54 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
- J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
- Michael Quiet - mquiet [at] gmail [dot] com
- Patrick Gurwell - pgurwell [at] gmail [dot] com