Night work begins Sept. 20 on Madawaska international bridge

MADAWASKA, Maine — Reed & Reed contractors will begin night work on the international bridge construction project between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20. 

For two weeks, workers building the bridge between Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick, will do excavation work at night Monday through Friday, while other construction continues during the day. 

The $97 million project is a collaboration between the U.S. contractors Reed & Reed and New Brunswick-based subcontractors Greenfield Construction. The Maine Department of Transportation and New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure are also collaborating on the project

The companies have completed temporary access roads and finished the work trestle connecting the banks of the St. John River. 

For now, the existing, hundred-year-old bridge remains in use, though it has been posted with a five-ton weight limit since 2017. The bridge is slated for completion in 2023, and the old bridge will be demolished once traffic opens on the new structure.

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