SEDGWICK, Maine — Drivers crossing the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge can expect alternating one-way traffic to begin as soon as Monday as crews begin a $9 million paint job on the bridge.
The Maine Department of Transportation awarded the $9.1 million contract to Odyssey Corp. of Pennsylvania. Crews could begin work as early as Monday, according to Tim Hebert, DOT project resident.
Because of the nature of the painting project, Hebert said, alternating one-way traffic will be required during most of the daylight hours throughout the duration of the project.
“We’ll be setting up alternating one-way traffic starting next week,” he said. “The flaggers directing traffic will do their best to minimize delays, but drivers should allow enough time for brief delays when they’re planning on crossing the bridge.”
Variable message signs are now in place to advise drivers about the project and the one-way traffic. Work on the painting project will be weather-dependent. While traffic is alternating one-way during the day, the maximum width for vehicles crossing the bridge will be 10 feet.
The bridge carries Route 15 over Eggemoggin Reach between the two communities.
The DOT last year completed rehabilitation work on the bridge superstructure and replaced the bridge deck, and the painting project is the next phase of the bridge upgrade.
“It’s important for us to periodically paint steel bridges like this one in order to preserve and extend the life of the structure,” Hebert said.
The contract for the project calls for the work to be completed by December 2010.