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The Observatory

This is a view from the Observatory

Did you know?

  • The Penobscot Narrows Bridge is the only bridge observatory in the United States, and only one of four bridge observatories in the world.
  • The Penobscot Narrows Bridge opened on December 30, 2006, and the observatory opened on May 19, 2007.
  • The bridge spans 2,120 feet from the east shore to the west shore, and there is 135 feet between the water and the bridge’s travel surface.
  • The bridge cost $85 million to design and build. This bridge was planned, funded, designed, permitted and built in only 42 months.
  • In the two years since the observatory opened, over 130,000 visitors have visited the observatory to enjoy the dramatic views of the surrounding area.
  • The top of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge is 447 feet tall. The observatory is 420 feet above the river and offers 360 degree views of the surrounding area.
  • The design of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge incorporates a granite theme to honor the significance that granite has in the local economy.
  • The Washington Monument was partially built with granite from nearby Mt. Waldo, leading to the design of the two towers in the shape of the Washington Monument.
  • The observatory floor is tiled in granite that was cut from a quarry in Deer Isle.
  • The bridge observatory is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. May 1 through June 30; 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. July 1 through August 31, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. September 1 through October 31.


This page last updated on 7/14/11