CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation says work’s begun on two temporary bridges on Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley that are expected to open Sept. 6.
The bridges will replace those which were washed out by Tropical Storm Irene. They’re being installed by the state and its contractor, Reed & Reed Inc., who plan to work through the Labor Day holiday to restore normal travel as quickly as possible.
Gov. Paul LePage says getting the Route 27 corridor back in action is essential to Maine’s economic tie with Canada, as well as the western Maine tourism industry.
Reed & Reed was chosen over other companies through a contracting process that was accelerated due to the emergency situation. The storm brought more than 8 inches of rain to the area, causing flooding.