Madawaska Bridge reopens to traffic after MDOT concludes initial inspection
MADAWASKA, Maine — Bridge inspection work on the Madawaska International Bride, necessitating full bridge and lane closures, has concluded earlier than expected, and the bridge reopened to traffic Sunday morning.
While the inspection will continue until complete, according to a press release the MaineDOT anticipates little to no impact to the traveling public through the remainder of the inspection process.
The structure has known deficiencies, structural concerns, and a rapid rate of deterioration that inspectors need to be properly evaluate annually to allow for vehicles to continue to use the bridge safely. MDOT has currently posted a 5-ton weight limit for the bridge, originally constructed in 1920.
Construction of a new international bridge connection Madawaska and Edmonston, New Brunswick should begin begin late next year with completion in 2022.