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Public meeting on bridge replacement
RUMFORD — A public meeting to discuss replacement of Martin Memorial Bridge will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 in the Rumford Falls Auditorium
The 55-year-old state bridge spans the Androscoggin River at Rumford Point near the intersection of Routes 2 and 232. It has three spans, is 600-feet long and is steel-trussed. The estimated replacement cost is $13 million.
Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will attend the meeting to hear concerns, receive comments and answer questions for anyone with an interest, according to an MDOT report.
The MDOT is currently investigating several alignment options for bridge replacement. These include on or adjacent to the existing alignment, and upstream or downstream of the current alignment.
The various conceptual alignment options, including benefits and potential impacts, will be presented at the meeting.
Because of tight state funding, replacement of the bridge would be delayed until at least the construction season of 2014-15.
Because of the span’s substandard height, many trucks have struck the steel “cap” on both ends of the bridge and caused damage.
The span, known to MDOT as Bridge 3248, is on the MDOT Bridge Watch List, meaning it could be subject to weight limitations at a future date.
Over the past decade or so, several similarly styled area steel-trussed bridges have been replaced by steel-girder bridges because of the taller and wider trucks that now use them.
Another such bridge replacement was the Gilbertville Bridge in Canton, which also has a snowmobile lane.
Those attending the June 8 meeting are asked to use the rear entrance to Rumford Falls Auditorium on River Street.
For more information, contact Timberlake at 624-3422 or Leanne.Timberlake@maine.gov or write her at Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Bridge Program, Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0016.