St. John Valley

Maine Department of Transportation to conduct Madawaska bridge work

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation has scheduled work to be done on the Madawaska International Bridge Aug. 17 and 18 to gather more information regarding the international bridge replacement project. 

 

Officials with the Maine and New Brunswick transportation agencies, engineering consultants and other representatives from U.S. and Canadian agencies unveiled plans in January 2019 to build the new bridge extending from the existing span’s location in Edmundston and ending about 1,300 feet up the St. John River from the existing port of entry in Madawaska.

The current bridge was built in 1920 and is about 25 years beyond its anticipated lifespan. After engineers expressed concerns about the bridge’s structural integrity in October 2017, officials restricted the bridge’s weight limit to five tons, severely limiting heavy commercial traffic. 

MDOT plans to use a drill rig to collect “additional geotechnical and environmental data to support construction of the proposed International Bridge,” according to information released  Friday. 

“MaineDOT understands the impacts to the neighboring communities and appreciates the public’s patience as we continue our collaborative work with our counterparts in New Brunswick to design and build the new International Bridge,” the MDOT said. 

The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18, but the sidewalk will be open.

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