Monday, January 7, 2013

Goodbye Old Friend

Waldo-Hancock Bridge - click to enlarge
  The Waldo-Hancock Bridge is being demolished, replaced in 2008 by the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory.
  Opened in 1934 the Waldo-Hancock Bridge was the first suspension bridge in Maine and the only bridge over the Penobscot River downstream from Bangor.  It connected Prospect in Waldo County to Verona Island in Hancock County.
  The job of taking down the old bridge was delayed by the removal and replacement of Osprey nests on the towers, nesting poles have done the trick.  The demolition company first sent tugs and a barge to Brewer to load a huge crane which will do the lifting during the tear-down.  The granite piers will remain in place and interpretive information will be posted on the roadside (that's a sign).
Old and New
Photo: Kevin Bennett, Bangor Daily News
First deck section removed
Photo: Kevin Bennett, Bangor Daily News

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