Sunday, December 23, 2018

US-1 Bridges over Penobscot River in Maine

1931 suspension: (Bridge Hunter; Historic Bridges; HAER)
2006 cable stay: (Bridge Hunter; Satellite)

Street View

Ramil Sharifsoy, Nov 2011
"Built 1931; bypassed by new bridge 2006-07; Demolished 2012-2013; Removed from NRHP 12-18-2013" [Bridge Hunter] This is evidently another example where 80% Federal funding for a new bridge makes it cheaper for a state to build a replacement than maintain a nice looking bridge. I can understand how they let the cables rot so bad that it would no longer safely hold traffic. But since it was handling traffic, how can it be so bad that it can't be used by pedestrians? It seems like it would take a couple more decades of rotting before it would be too weak to hold itself up. (Pedestrian traffic has to be negligible compared to the weight of the cable and truss.)

Bay Crane posted

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