News Release for October 10, 2016

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


Bath Viaduct to Close Tuesday, October 11

Bath – The Bath Viaduct will be closing on Tuesday, October 11, the day after Columbus Day.

U.S. Route 1 traffic will be diverted to frontage roads, primarily Leeman Highway and Commercial Street. MaineDOT and contractors will begin demolition and removal of the existing Bath Viaduct, in preparation of the construction of the new viaduct over the winter and spring. Access to Historic Downtown Bath and all businesses will be maintained throughout the project.

Drivers should expect delays with lane closures and detours from frontage roads necessary to maintain traffic flow around the project work areas. Detour routes will vary, and most will occur overnight between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Traffic on Franklin Street and Middle Street will no longer be able to pass under or through the Viaduct work areas.

Despite signs, flaggers, barrels and other aids to drivers, MaineDOT advises that delays should be expected, especially as travelers encounter new traffic patterns. Motorists should plan ahead and allow extra time.

MaineDOT asks everyone to please drive safely and courteously and to watch for construction workers and vehicles. Resident Engineer Glenn Philbrook stated, “Things have gone pretty smoothly these last few months as we have been working on drainage and other preparations around the Viaduct. We really appreciate drivers being careful and attentive, and we hope they continue to do that throughout the busy months ahead.”

The new Bath Viaduct is planned to open by Memorial Day, 2017. When complete, the new Bath Viaduct will have a lifespan of more than 80 years. The project will also result in significant improvements to pedestrian sidewalks, crosswalks, signage and lighting – important due to the growing popularity of Historic Downtown Bath.

Major drainage improvements will be realized, with positive environmental impacts resulting from separation of storm water runoff and city sewer systems. Finally, the Viaduct itself will feature the latest in guardrail systems, lighting, signage and engineering design.

MaineDOT encourages drivers to stay informed about the project by visiting and by signing up for email alerts. Project details, maps and updates will be made available throughout the project by MaineDOT.