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Bernard Lown Peace Bridge

South Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 15, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Cedar Street and Broad Street Over Androscoggin River
Lewiston and Auburn: Androscoggin County, Maine: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
235 Feet (71.63 Meters)
Structure Length
723 Feet (220.37 Meters)
Roadway Width
40.7 Feet (12.41 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

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This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a state-designed through truss in Maine. The bridge retains excellent historic integrity and was built by the Phoenix Bridge Company, a bridge builder that had a long and colorful history. This particular bridge is noted for its multi-span design as well as its wide 40 foot roadway. The roadway is currently configured as a two-lane road, which makes this historic bridge offer a roadway width essentially as wide as a modern bridge. However, it is likely that this bridge was originally designed to serve four lanes of traffic, since 10 foot lanes with no shoulders were not uncommon during this period.

Information and Findings From Maine's Historic Bridge Inventory

Discussion of Bridge

The 1936 Warren with verticals thru truss bridge is one of 25 that were built to replace bridges lost in the March, 1936 flood. The bridge is a representative example of a bridge type/design that is common in the state. The bridge is judged to have average preservation priority because it is an example of a bridge type that is considered common in the state.

Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: Yes


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