Old Town bridge repair to cause traffic changes

Posted July 26, 2010, at 10:12 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation said it will close one lane of the Stillwater Avenue Bridge in Old Town starting Wednesday, July 28, in order to conduct immediate repairs to strengthen the support beams under the bridge’s road surface. The bridge will be posted as a precaution with a weight limit of 20 tons until the repairs are complete.

“Although the bridge is safe, we need to address this situation prior to winter,” said DOT chief bridge maintenance engineer John Buxton. “In discussing this with local officials, it is clear that this work needs to be done before schools open so that we can limit the inconvenience.”

During construction hours, traffic will be limited to alternating, one-way traffic regulated by flaggers. In order to minimize traffic disruptions, crews will work from 4:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Unimpeded two-way traffic will be restored when the crews are not on-site.

“Our goal is to start early in the morning, work extended shifts, and strengthen the support beams underneath the bridge as quickly as possible in order to minimize the inconveniences to residents, motorists and business owners,” said Buxton. “We will complete the construction as soon as possible, certainly before the school season begins.”

Motorists should expect delays and may want to seek alternate routes.

Trucks in excess of 20 tons will be detoured along a route that includes College Avenue-Route 2A, Main Street-Route 2 and Kelly Road.

The Stillwater bridge was built in 1952, is 254 feet long and spans the Stillwater River.

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