BANGOR — Motorists traveling from Ohio Street to Broadway will have to allow a little extra time en route through late June.
That’s because the Maine Department of Transportation is doing some work on the Bullseye Bridge, which straddles the Kenduskeag Stream between Ohio Street and Kenduskeag Avenue.
The $225,000 project marks the first major construction on this latest incarnation of the Bullseye Bridge, which was built in 1992, according to Ted Talbot, public information officer for MDOT.
Ben Foster, assistant bridge maintenance engineer for MDOT, explained the project: “We’re replacing the pavement wearing surface with a concrete wearing surface, and replacing the expansion joints at the end of the bridge, which are damaged. This will preserve the deck and the beams underneath.”
The bridge is down to one lane, with traffic flowing westerly from Broadway to Ohio Street, to accommodate emergency vehicles at Fire Station No. 6 that may need to get to the Ohio and Union streets region quickly. Drivers going in the opposite direction will have to take a detour.
Foster said that the five-person crew would switch to the other side once the concrete reaches the proper strength, but the traffic flow will stay the same.
Foster expects the construction, which began April 23, to be completed by late June.
“We hope to make the deck last as long as we can, to prevent any corrosion from happening underneath,” he added.