This bridge is a good representative example of a concrete t-beam bridge in Maine. It is a good example due to its lack of alteration, allowing visitors to see what t-beam bridges looked like when originally built. The bridge has deteriorated somewhat, but continues to convey its original appearance and design. The bridge has been closed to traffic. It has likely not been replaced since this road is old US-302 alignment, and is bypassed by the current US-302 which now serves the purpose that this road once did.
Information and Findings From Maine's Historic Bridge Inventory
Discussion of Bridge
The 2 span, 109'-long, reinforced concrete T beam bridge built in 1922 has 2 rail high concrete railings, incised paneled fasciae beams, and concrete pier and abutments with wingwalls. The T beam bridge technology has a history common with other standardized reinforced concrete bridge types and by 1910 it was a well established bridge type for spans between 20' and 80' in length because of its efficient use of material and ease of maintenance. T beams were used with great frequency by the MSHC Bridge Division from the late 1910s through the 1950s. T beam bridges are composed of cast-in-place reinforced concrete, longitudinal beams with monolithic flanking deck sections. The bridge is one of more than 250 T beam bridges from 1914 to 1955 in the state. Earlier, complete prototypical examples have been identified. The bridge is not historically or technologically distinguished by its setting or context.
Discussion of Surrounding Area
The bridge carries a 2 lane road over a stream in a sparsely developed, forested setting.
Bridge Considered Historic By Survey: No
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