CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation is ready to open a pair of temporary bridges on Route 27, restoring a key trucking route between Maine and Quebec.
The North Branch Bridge, built in 1958, and the Brackett Brook Bridge, built in 1999, both collapsed when a torrent of water from Tropical Storm Irene flooded the roadway.
MDOT spokesman Mark Latti said Reed and Reed Inc. of Woolwich worked extended shifts and through the holiday weekend to build the temporary bridges, which were due to reopen Tuesday night. He said that if negotiations are successful then the contractor will start construction immediately on permanent spans.
Maine officials learned Tuesday that the state will receive $1 million in emergency funding from the federal government to repair damaged roads and bridges.