News Release for February 8, 2011

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


Route 26/100 will close for two 20-minute periods Wednesday and Thursday

Motorists who utilize Route 26/100 in Falmouth should be aware of periodic delays on Wednesday, February 9, and Thursday, February 10 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 must close the bridge at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on each day for a period of 20 minutes in order to unload large steel beams from delivery trucks. There will be only two closures each day.

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.