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5/17/2019: Madawaska Environmental Evaluation Updates: 05-17-2019

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.

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10/22/2019: Helicopter-aided Geotechnical Exploration in Madawaska


News Release for October 22, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297

MADAWASKA - The Maine Department of Transportation will be using a helicopter to help conduct geotechnical explorations in the St. John River between Madawaska and Edumundston, New Brunswick next week. The purpose of the geotechnical exploration work is to determine the location and quality of bedrock in the river for the future placement of bridge abutments and in-water piers for the new Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge.

The drilling project will begin October 25th and end November 27th, but the helicopter will only be used from October 27th through November 1st. The helicopter's main function is to transport materials. The steep embankments and shallow depths of the river make this air support necessary. This is the first time the MaineDOT Bridge Program is using a helicopter to pick up and place drill rigs on boring locations.

The helicopter activity will be west of Mill Street and north of Route 1 with a direct flight path to the river. The traveling public will not be impacted by this activity and the flight path does not cross over any occupied structures or public roads.

The helicopter belongs to CHI Aviation out of Michigan. This company specializes in aerial lifts.

MaineDOT is still working with our counterparts in Canada on the design work, funding, and environmental impacts of the new bridge. We expect to put the job out to bid in the fall of 2020.


7/28/2019: Traffic Restored to Madawaska Bridge


News Release for July 28, 2019

For more Information:
Paul Merrill, Public Information Officer - 207-624-3355 or 207-215-9297

MADAWASKA - Bridge inspection work on the Madawaska International Bridge necessitating full bridge and lane closures has concluded earlier then expected, and while the inspection will continue until complete, MaineDOT anticipates little to no impact to the traveling public through the remainder of the inspection process.

The structure has known deficiencies, structural concerns, and a rapid rate of deterioration that need to be properly evaluated annually to allow for continued safe use. It is currently posted at a five-ton weight limit. The bridge was constructed in 1920.

Construction of a new international bridge connection Madawaska and Edmonston, New Brunswick is expected to begin late next year with completion in 2023.