News Release for January 18, 2011

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


Expect Periodic Delays On Falmouth Bridge This Thursday

Motorists who utilize Route 26/100 in Falmouth should be aware of periodic delays on Thursday, January 20 as construction crews must close the Falmouth Railroad Bridge in order to offload steel beams that will be utilized in the construction of the new bridge.

Crews will be closing the bridge every hour starting at 9:00 a.m. for periods of 10-15 minutes in order to offload steel beams from delivery trucks. All deliveries and unloading are expected to be completed by 3 p.m. that same afternoon.

The Railroad Crossing Bridge in Falmouth spans the Presumpscot River and the Pan Am railroad line near the Portland town line.

This is the next step in construction for the new bridge being built downstream of the current bridge. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2011. Once the new bridge is opened, crews will dismantle and remove the old bridge. The total cost of the bridge replacement project is $10.5 million. CPM Constructors of Freeport is the contractor for the project.

The Railroad Crossing Bridge was built in 1932 and is 834 feet long.