Drivers crossing the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge can expect alternating one-way traffic to begin as soon as Monday, May 18th, according to the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT). The bridge carries Route 15 over Eggemoggin Reach between the two communities.
“Odyssey Corporation of Pennsylvania has been awarded a contract to paint the bridge,” explains Tim Hebert, MaineDOT’s ‘project resident’ for the project. “With the rehabilitation of the bridge superstructure and replacement of the bridge deck having been completed last year, we’re ready to begin the painting project. It’s important for us to periodically paint steel bridges like this one, in order to preserve and extend the life of the structure,” he continued.
Hebert says that because of the nature of the painting project, alternating one-way traffic will be required during most of the daylight hours, throughout the duration of the project. “We’ll be setting up alternating one-way traffic starting next week,“ said Hebert. “The flaggers directing traffic will do their best to minimize delays, but drivers should allow enough time for brief delays when they’re planning on crossing the bridge.”
Variable message signs are now in place to advise drivers about the upcoming project and the one-way traffic. Work on the painting project will be weather-dependent. Motorists should also be aware that while traffic is alternating one-way during the day, the maximum width for vehicles crossing the bridge will be 10 feet.
The contract for the project, awarded to Odyssey Corporation on a bid of $9.1 million, calls for completion of the work by December 2010.
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