February 18, 2018
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  • Yay DOT to the rescue!!!

  • Anonymous

    Two to six hundred thousand to fix a bridge over a road to nowhere. Brilliant! How about a culvert instead?

  • Anonymous

    Engineering principles indicate that a dam (composite sheet wall and not rockfill) is less expensive than a conventional bridge and will last much longer with less maintenance while offering the potential for renewable energy production.  This dam would not create a reservoir but retain water and use the availability of tidal flow to generate electricity on an intermittent but predictable basis.  The dam would need locks for small boat traffic and allow for fish passage during substantial periods of non production of electricity.  Historically, towns developed because of the ability to tap water energy.  This idea certainly goes against conventional theories but should be investigated as an option to building another bridge.  Another option is to direct traffic to the new bridge linking the interstate with Route 1 and Route 9.  This is a valid option and should not be categorically rejected because of a bias against dams which create reservoirs.

    • Jillian Kitchen

      A dam across the penobscot is not only impractical but would damage boat traffic up and down the river as well as affecting the ecosystem more than a simple bridge would. and the last I checked, you can’t build a dam across a road.

  • Anonymous

    Why bother fixing the bridges when the $$ is better spent on an east-west highway?

  • Anonymous

    Last time i was down to the end of Webster ave you could not even drive under it.  blocked off.  previously you could cross under and then it was blocked off within sight of Perry rd. they should just fill it in.

  • Harry H Snyder III

    Why do our bridges have such a short life?  Could it be the 100,000lb trucks? 

  • Anonymous

    I say we let the University of Maine build one of their composite structures instead of building another bridge that seems to fail all too quickly.  The resources are at our fingertips and we don’t take advantage.

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