HAMPDEN — A 70-year-old bridge in the Bangor area will be demolished and replaced by a new structure, the Maine Department of Transportation said.
The department said it’s replacing the Grist Mill Bridge that carries Routes 1A and 9 over the Souadabscook Stream. The old bridge is made up of three bridges built on top of each other, and the most recent one dates to about 1950, the department said.
The state said it has closed the bridge to traffic. The project’s part of reconstruction work on a nearly two-mile stretch of Route 1A that will cost close to $9 million in total, the department said.
The state said it started the demolition work earlier than expected because efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus have reduced traffic. The work was originally slated to be finished next year.