MaineDOT Closes Two Lanes on I-395 Bridge in Brewer

Posted Dec. 06, 2008, at 1:50 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — MaineDOT crews have closed two I-395 eastbound travel lanes along the Veterans Remembrance Bridge between Bangor and Brewer in order to conduct emergency repairs to deteriorating concrete along one of the connecting bridge joints. Eastbound travel across the bridge is currently limited to one lane along the Exit 4 approach lane.

MaineDOT crews will work through the weekend during daylight hours in order to repair the bridge. Crews from MaineDOT are currently removing the affected concrete on the bridge, and once removed, will repair the joint and replace the concrete. Repairs on the two travel lanes are expected to take three to four days, and once the travel lanes are reopened, crews will close the Exit 4 approach lane and repair that joint, which is also expected to take three to four days.

While the structural integrity of the bridge was never compromised, chunks of concrete were coming apart where sections of the bridge connect, causing hazards to motorists driving along the bridge.

MaineDOT was notified of the condition at approximately 1:30 p.m. Friday, and after inspecting the bridge joint and the deteriorating concrete, made the decision to shut down the two lanes and begin immediate repairs.

If repairs go as planned, MaineDOT expects to reopen all three lanes by the end of next week.

The Veterans Remembrance Bridge carries I-395 over the Penobscot River, connecting Bangor with Brewer and carries over 12,000 vehicles a day.