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News Release for April 29, 2008
For More Information:
Mark Latti, Maine Department of Transportation, (207) 624-3030
Jeanne Curran, Maine Department of Conservation, (207) 287-3156

Penobscot Narrows Observatory To Open For Third Season


The Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Department of Conservation are pleased to announce the seasonal opening of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory on Friday, May 1, at 9 a.m.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory is the only one of its kind in the United States. Located 420 feet up the western tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, the observatory offers unparalleled views of the Penobscot River and the surrounding area, and is a unique engineering feat.

“The Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory is an amazing engineering accomplishment. The bridge is a testament to the skill and determination of all who worked on it, and its design is a tribute to the surrounding area with its granite theme and structure,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner David Cole.

“Last fall I was at the top of the Penobscot Observatory on a clear, peak foliage day that one can only have here in Maine,” said Maine Department of Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan. “I could see from Monhegan Island to Mt. Katahdin. It was one of the most spectacular views that I have had in my lifetime. It is worth the trip and the time to go to the top of one of Maine’s natural wonders --the bridge observatory -- and see the view of a lifetime.”

Over the past two years, over 130,000 visitors have taken the elevator to the observatory. The bridge observatory is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in May, June, September and October. During the summer months of July and August, the observatory extends its hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Those interested in viewing the vista from the top of the observatory can access it through the Fort Knox State Historic Site, located at 711 Fort Knox Road in the town of Prospect. Visitors can take the one-minute elevator ride to the top in order to get to the observatory. There is an admission fee of $5.00 for Maine adults, $7.00 for nonresident adults, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for children ages 5-11. That fee will get you access to the observatory and the Fort Knox Historic Site.

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