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News Release for February 23, 2009
For More Information:
Mark Latti, Office of Communications - 207-624-3030


Veterans Bridge Reopens to Southbound Traffic

 

Southbound lanes of Veterans Bridge in Portland and South Portland are now open as MaineDOT crews have repaired a three-foot wide pothole on the bridge’s travel surface. The bridge reopened at approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.

The hole in the bridge’s decking was discovered last night. While the concrete and asphalt surface had deteriorated and fallen through, the reinforcing steel remained in place, providing structural support for the patching repairs. Before patching, crews removed more of the decking, then filled the hole with concrete. Crews then heated the patched area to cure the concrete. At no time was the structural integrity of the bridge in jeopardy, and the bridge is safe for all legal loads.

Veterans Bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Fore River between Portland and South Portland, was built in 1954. The .4 mile long bridge is utilized by over 23,000 vehicles a day. The bridge is one of 244 bridges on the state’s “Bridge Watch List”, and construction on a replacement bridge is slated to begin within the year.

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