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South Bristol "Gut Bridge" Replacement Project

Navigation Channel Closure

The Maine Department of Transportation and Cianbro Corporation will be closing the navigation channel under The Gut Bridge in South Bristol Maine on the following dates:

October 2014 Closure Dates and Times
  • Thursday October 16th 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Monday October 20th 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday October 22nd 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friday October 24th 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday October 28th 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thursday October 30th 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friday October 17th 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday October 21st 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thursday October 23rd 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Monday October 27th 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday October 29th 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friday October 31th 9:00am - 3:00pm

Weekly updated closure schedules with specific dates and times will be posted at the following locations in South Bristol, ME; Gamage Shipyard, Osier’s Wharf, and the South Bristol Fisherman’s Co-Op. Weekly updated closure schedules will also be posted this project website.


The contract to build the Gut Bridge was awarded to Cianbro Corporation, Pittsfield, Maine on June 30, 2014.  Their bid for the project came in at $10,995,622. The project includes the bridge replacement and construction of an operator’s house, new traffic warning systems, and some approach work.   

Cianbro will begin to mobilize to the site Sept 8, 2014 and will be constructing the new retaining walls/abutments that are adjacent to the existing bridge.  This will, at times, require alternating, one-way traffic. Motorists should expect delays. The project will shut down in mid-January, 2015 due to federal in-water work restrictions.  The project will re-mobilize in 2015 after the community weekend celebration scheduled for July 17-19th. At that time, the contractor will complete preparations for installing the temporary bridge and implement the channel closure which is scheduled to begin September 10, 2015.

During the 213 days allowed for the channel closure, we will open the temporary bridge to traffic, demo the existing bridge, construct the new bridge and remove the temporary bridge.  It is anticipated that the new Gut Bridge will open it to traffic in April, 2016.  After that time, work will continue including constructing the approaches, dirt work, paving, etc.   The contract completion date is November 15, 2016, though MaineDOT is optimistic that it will be completed during the summer months.

For more information, please contact Stephen Bodge.


This page last updated on 10/16/14

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