Madawaska/Edmundston International Bridge
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Existing Bridge Conditions
After nearly 100 years of service, the Madawaska/Edmundston International Bridge is in poor condition. Despite efforts to maintain the bridge, the rate of deterioration has accelerated to the point that the end of the useful service life is fast approaching. In October 2017, the bridge was posted at five tons (the equivalent of a passenger vehicle). Therefore, any substantial investments would be impractical. Since this bridge is nearly 100 years old, it no longer meets the needs of the communities and local businesses because of it's width and load capacity. It would cost more to upgrade the current bridge than to build a new one.
In May of 2018, the Madawaska/Edmundston International Bridge and Border Crossing Feasibility Study was finalized by MaineDOT, the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDTI), and the US General Services Administration (GSA). The study recommended that a new bridge connect the existing border station in Edmundston, NB to a fully-modernized station in Madawaska. This bridge will be built approximately 1,300 feet upriver on the St. John.
The purpose of the proposed project is to provide for the long-term, safe and efficient flow of current and projected traffic volumes, including the movement of goods and people, between Madawaska and Edmundston. The project is necessary because:
- the existing International Bridge is nearing the end of its useful life and is posted at a 5-ton weight limit, and
- the size and conditions of the existing building and overall site of the Madawaska border station are substandard, preventing customs and inspection agencies from adequately fulfilling their respective missions.
Environmental Evaluation Updates
During the Public Hearing held on December 12, 2018, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Highway Administration, and MaineDOT provided a timeline for the availability of the FSEIS / Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation. At the time, it was anticipated that this would be available in the April timeframe. Due to the complexity of the overall project, it was not possible to complete this portion of the process as initially projected. In order to ensure a thorough and complete evaluation of all aspects of the project are taken into account, the new estimated availability of the FSEIS / Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation, which will identify the preferred alternative for the Land Port of Entry (LPOE) and the new International Bridge, is targeted for late summer 2019.
The prequalified bridge contractors that will be allowed to bid on the Madawaska bridge project: