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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:

January/February 2015 Closure Dates and Times
  • Monday January 26th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday January 27th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Wed January 28th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday January 29th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Friday January 30th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Saturday January 31st 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday February 1st None
  • Monday February 2nd: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday February 3rd: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Wed February 4th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thursday February 5th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friday February 6th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday February 7th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday February 8th: None
  • Monday February 9th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday February 10th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Wed February 11th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thursday February 12th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Friday February 13th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday February 14th: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Sunday February 15th: None

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.


Weekly Highlights
: January 30, 2015

  • Cianbro continued structural excavation in cofferdams #1 & #3 via clamshell bucket and airlifting. Cianbro sounded the cofferdam and completed ledge profiling. It was determined that no ledge removal would be needed.
  • Cianbro relocated the southern traffic gate and advance warning lights to the opposite side of the road to allow access for future work at cofferdam #2.
  • Cianbro worked on pre-tying rebar for walls #1 and #3 in their laydown yard.
  • On Target continued utility moves to the new utility poles.


General Project Information

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 1/30/15

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