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Bar Mills Canal Bridge

   


Bar Mills Canal Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 16, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
ME-4A (Main Street) Over Saco River Canal
Location
Hollis: York County, Maine
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1987
Main Span Length
134.8 Feet (41.1 Meters)
Structure Length
139 Feet (42.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.7 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
1525

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This Bridge's Future Is At Risk!

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This historic bridge is at risk for demolition and replacement by MaineDOT!

This bridge is located immediately west of the larger, continuous Bar Mills Bridge. The bridge is a state standard through truss bridge. While the nearby Bar Mills Bridge is a very rare and unusual continuous truss, it shares the stylistic details such as truss configuration, portal bracing design, and choice of built-up beam style with this shorter, single simple span bridge. The canal bridge carries the road over a short canal that parallels the Saco River. Since this bridge is of the same dimensions and condition as the Bar Mills Bridge, and carries the same road, it shares the same risk of demolition as its larger brother.

Information and Findings From Maine's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

"The 1937 riveted, Warren thru truss bridge was built as part of the same project as #3333, which is historically significant as an early application of the continuous design to truss bridges in Maine. The first examples of continuous truss bridges in Maine were for replacements of bridges lost in the March, 1936 flood. This one span bridge is not technologically significant in its own right but is in association with the Bar Mills bridge. The bridge is judged to have average preservation priority because an example of a bridge type that is considered common in the state."

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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