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Steep Falls Bridge

Steep Falls Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 15, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
ME-11 (Sokokis Avenue and Main Street) Over Saco River
Steep Falls: York County, Maine and Cumberland County, Maine: United States
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1936 By Builder/Contractor: Boston Bridge Works of Boston, Massachusetts

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
220 Feet (67.06 Meters)
Structure Length
226 Feet (68.88 Meters)
Roadway Width
22 Feet (6.71 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This Bridge No Longer Exists!

View Archived National Bridge Inventory Report - Has Additional Details and Evaluation

This historic bridge was demolished and replaced!

This bridge is an impressive example of a state-designed through truss bridge.

The bottom portion of the portal bracing has been replaced with a new beam, which is bolted to the original riveted portal bracing. This new beam was obviously placed after the bridge's last coat of paint since it still has a decent coat of paint intact on it, while the rest of the bridge has a paint system that has nearly completely failed. The National Bridge Inventory listed rehabilitation date is 1964. Could this bridge not have been painted for around a half century?! Overall, the bridge remains in decent condition, however rehabilitation is needed. If the bridge is not rehabilitated (including blast cleaning and painting the bridge) in the near future, the amount of tax dollars spent rehabilitating this historic bridge will greatly increase, especially since the bridge cannot defend itself from moisture without paint on it. Worse, MaineDOT may decide on demolishing and replacing it with a mundane bridge with no aesthetic value... likely an even more expensive proposition for taxpayers. Maintaining a bridge nearly always costs less tax dollars in the long run. Additionally, in this case, it preserves a beautiful historic bridge. The main reason highway agencies do not bother to save tax dollars by maintaining bridges appears to be because free federal money gets thrown at them if they can get the bridge deteriorated to a point that its sufficiency rating drops below 50. This free federal money is not available for simple maintenance projects: that comes out of the highway agency's own pocket so to speak. In other words, they are rewarded for engaging in the wasteful practice of deferring maintenance.


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