Barely two years after a lengthy project to replace a bridge on Union Street, the Maine Department of Transportation is turning its focus to another Bangor overpass less than a half-mile north.
It’s planning to replace the bridge that carries Ohio Street over Interstate 95, a project that could start as early as the spring of 2020 and close the bridge for about five months.
It will follow the recent replacement of a bridge over I-95 on nearby Union Street, a project that wrapped up late in 2016 after more than two years of work that vexed drivers and nearby residents.
Sections of the Ohio Street bridge have deteriorated over time, said Ted Talbot, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Transportation. “The existing deck is structurally deficient,” he wrote in an email.
Laminate has worn off the concrete on the bridge’s underside, and there is exposed steel on the vertical support that holds up the bridge, according to Talbot. Built in 1960, the bridge also does not provide enough vertical clearance to meet current highway standards.