Friday was the Waldo-Hancock Bridge’s final birthday. The bridge was opened 81 years ago, spanning between the quiet shores of Prospect and Verona Island, Maine.
The catwalks are being removed and demolition is close. But the mighty bridge still stands over the Penobscot River estuary, the waters forever rising and falling with the tide, flowing against the suspension bridge’s concrete and granite piers. The Steinman-designed steel suspension bridge still stands against all weather, ferociously battered after its near 82 years of Maine winters. It still stands with it’s elegant lines and first-in-the-nation Vierendeel truss towers, impressive as ever at dawn and dusk. Many want the bridge to stay, certainly the Peregrine Falcons who still live there today and the Osprey who will have to build a new nest when they return in the spring. But nothing lasts forever. It’s time to go has come. Happy birthday, Waldo-Hancock Bridge — one last time.