This bridge was originally designed to carry a highway on an upper deck and a railroad on the lower deck. It did indeed function in this way until 2000, when a new fixed highway bridge was built next to this historic bridge. After the new highway bridge was built, the highway approach to the vertical lift bridge was demolished. However, the railroad lower deck remains in use. While the bridge is altered due to removal of the highway approach, the highway deck remains on the truss spans. Despite the loss, the bridge remains a significant and rare Maine example of a vertical lift bridge, and one designed by the noteworthy J. A. L. Waddell as well.
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