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Paul L. Davis Memorial Bridge

High Street Bridge

   


Paul L. Davis Memorial Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 15, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
High Street (ME-209) Over US-1 (Leeman Highway)
Location
Bath: Sagadahoc County, Maine
Structure Type
Concrete Rigid-Frame, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1947 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1983
Main Span Length
43 Feet (13.1 Meters)
Structure Length
123 Feet (37.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
3837

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Constructed in 1947, this bridge is, in Maine, a rare example of a rigid-frame overpass. It is part of a simple interchange that allows travelers to exit or enter US-1, which passes under the bridge. Rigid-frame bridges were used frequently for the early limited access highways and other interchanges constructed in North America, from the 1930s through the 1950s. Some places like New York City for example have many surviving examples of rigid-frame overpasses and interchanges from this era. Maine however does not. As such, this overpass stands out as noteworthy.

The deck of this bridge was widened slightly on the western side. As such, the railings here were replaced with modern railings. However, the east side was not altered. The east elevation of this bridge still looks completely original. Original railings remain, as well as tall concrete posts for the original lighting on the bridge, mounted on the railings. A bronze plaque states that the bridge is Paul L. Davis Memorial Bridge, named after this person who "died in the service of his country in World War II." It is not known why this particular bridge was named after this particular person. No information on this individual was located on the Internet.

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