July 18, 2019
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Opening of Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory delayed

Bridget Brown | BDN
Bridget Brown | BDN
Phil Yates of Searsport (left), Lin Calista of Stockton Springs, Connie and Tim Woitowitz of Sandy Point and Jay Rohleder of Figg Engineering Group take in the view from the top floor of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, May 19, 2007. The 420-foot high observatory is one of only four in the world that is atop a bridge.

A malfunctioning fire suppression system is delaying the seasonal opening of the observatory at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge until at least next week.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory was due to open May 1, but it’s opening is being delayed several days, according to the Maine Department of Transportation.

The Transportation Department cited malfunctioning in the observatory’s fire suppression system as the cause for the delay.

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The 2,120-foot-long cable-stayed bridge carries U.S. Route 1 over the Penobscot River, connecting Verona Island to Prospect. It replaced the Waldo-Hancock Bridge, built in 1931.

The observatory, which opened in May 2007, is the tallest public bridge observatory in the world, according to the Transportation Department. It is one of four bridge observatories in the world, with the other three located in China, Thailand and Slovakia.

Related: MDOT removes old Waldo-Hancock bridge

 



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