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Richmond-Dresden Bridge


Photo taken by Doug Kerr


BH Photo #178147

Street Views 


Lost swing bridge over Kennebec River on ME 197 in Richmond
Sagadahoc County, Maine, and Lincoln County, Maine
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1931; rehabilitated 1988; replaced 2014
- Max L. Wilder (Engineer)
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.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
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:
Average daily traffic (as of 2016)
Inventory numbers
ME 2506 (Maine bridge number)
BH 19915 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of August 2017)
Overall condition: Good
Superstructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Excellent (9 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 85.9 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • February 5, 2022: Updated by Paul Plassman: Added engineer
  • May 15, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • July 24, 2020: Updated by Nick Boppel: Added category "Replaced by UCEB"
  • March 6, 2017: New photo from Luke
  • January 4, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • 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



Kennebec River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2019, by Anonymous

And demolished!

Kennebec River Bridge
Posted November 7, 2019, by Anonymous

Why does this bridge's status still say it's open? It's been closed for a few years now!

Kennebec River Bridge
Posted February 22, 2016, by Anonymous

Bridge is gone.

Kennebec River Bridge
Posted December 26, 2014, by Ralph Demars

Replacement is open now. Bridge being demolished.

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*