New bridges on Maine’s Route 27 replacing spans destroyed by Irene open to traffic

Posted Nov. 18, 2011, at 5:36 a.m.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Traffic is flowing on two new bridges in Carrabassett Valley that were built to replace spans washed out by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene.

The Department of Transportation is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to mark the reopening of the North Branch Bridge and the Brackett Brook Bridge on Route 27 near the entrance road to the Sugarloaf ski resort. The Brackett Brook Bridge opened to traffic about two weeks ago, and the North Branch Bridge opened this week.

Two temporary bridges were erected to keep traffic moving after the permanent bridges collapsed within minutes of each other on Aug. 28.

Tropical Storm Irene dumped more than 8.5 inches of rain in the Carrabassett Valley area, causing the bridges to wash out.