MaineDOT bridge maintenance crews have repaired a bridge deck failure on the southbound lanes of Veterans Bridge between Portland and South Portland, and the bridge is now open to traffic as of 5:45 p.m.
MaineDOT crews closed both southbound lanes early this morning to repair a 4’ by 7’ area where the concrete cracked but was still supported by the structural steel in the concrete. Crews removed the deteriorating concrete and older steel, then using forms fastened to the bridge deck’s underside, installed new structural steel and three cubic yards of concrete to patch an area measuring 6’ by 10’, and 10-12” inches deep. After the concreted cured, the bridge was reopened to traffic.
The bridge deck failure was discovered after 11:00 last night, and one southbound lane was closed until this morning, when both lanes were closed to facilitate repairs.
The deck of Veterans Bridge developed a problem near this same location last winter. Temporary repairs were performed at that time, but the deck has again failed, and work was done immediately to repair the surface and assure the safety of those traveling across the bridge. Repair crews used an under-bridge crane to assess the problem and perform the repairs.
A project to replace the aging Veterans Bridge is slated to begin in the coming months.
MaineDOT appreciates the patience of the traveling public during these repairs.
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