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Frank J. Wood Bridge

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Frank J. Wood Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 19, 2011 and June 15, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
US-201 (Main Street) Over Androscoggin River
Location
Brunswick and Topsham: Cumberland County, Maine
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1932 By Builder/Contractor: Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
310 Feet (94.5 Meters)
Structure Length
815 Feet (248.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
30 Feet (9.1 Meters)
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
2016

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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In general, this bridge is an example of a traditionally composed state-designed 1930s truss bridge in Maine. It has a large central through truss span with a single shorter through truss spans at each end. The bridge has considerable historic and technological significance. This bridge is among the larger of Maine's surviving metal truss bridges both in terms of its 310 foot central span and an overall 815 foot length. Additionally, it has the unusual design detail in that the southernmost bridge pier is skewed, however the other pier and both abutments are not skewed. As such, the only evidence of skew in the superstructure is that the southern end of the central span and the northern end of the southern span displays offset end posts. The skew is not carried through the rest of the truss like in a traditional skewed bridge. It is not known why the one pier is skewed except that is may be so that it lines up with the flow of the water in the river, to reduce pressure on the pier from flowing water. The northern pier rests on exposed rock and does not appear to be in the water normally, so this would explain why it is not skewed.

When HistoricBridges.org visited this bridge it was found to be extremely busy with nearly non-stop traffic on it.

Information and Findings From Maine's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1932, riveted, Warren thru truss is not individually significant. It is a later example of a common bridge type, and it has no innovative or distinctive details. It is, however, located in a National Register-eligible textile mill historic district in Brunswick-Topsham. Since the bridge is located within the historic district, was built within its period of significance, and is complete, it is a contributing resource to the industrial historic district. The bridge carried a street railway at one time. The bridge is judged to have average preservation priority because an example of a common bridge type and is located in a non-transportation related historic district.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes

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