Gardiner's Comprehensive Transportation Improvements
Bridge and Trail Projects Enhance
Gardiner's Historic Downtown.
About the Project
MaineDOT will begin construction of a comprehensive set of transportation improvements in early 2019. This work will be completed at the end of 2020. These improvements include:
- Complete bridge replacements for both the Bridge Street (Route 201) and the Maine Avenue Bridges;
- An extension of the Kennebec River Rail Trail, a new multi-use bridge over the stream and other enhancements;
- Intersection improvements in the downtown area, and significant utility upgrades.
Bridge Street Bridge
The existing Bridge Street Bridge was built in 1917 and is 38.6 -ft. wide, with one 6-ft concrete sidewalk, and parking stalls on both sides. The 2017 inspection report indicated the bridge is in fair to poor condition and is structurally deficient. The proposed bridge is a significant improvement with two 11-ft travel lanes, one 11-ft southbound right hand turning lane, two sidewalks and an 8-ft parking lane.
Maine Avenue Bridge
The existing bridge was built in 1925 and was widened in 1933. It is 32-ft wide, has one 5-ft concrete sidewalk and connects the Hannaford Plaza with the Water Street business area. This is a high-traffic area for pedestrians and cyclists; the East Coast Greenway crosses this bridge, and the trailhead for the Kennebec River Rail Trail is at the northeast corner of the Hannaford parking lot. The proposed bridge has two 11-ft lanes, two 5-ft shoulders, and one 5-ft sidewalk.
The existing Kennebec River Rail Trail will be extended south from the Hannaford trailhead to a new multi-use trail bridge over the Cobbossee Stream and then along Arcade to the west under Bridge Street. The trail enhancements include landscaping, salvaged granite, ornamental lighting, safety features, and interpretive panels.