NEW GLOUCESTER – Motorists who plan to drive north on the Maine Turnpike in New Gloucester Wednesday night or early Thursday morning should expect to encounter significant traffic delays.

Dan Morin, a spokesman for the Maine Turnpike Authority, said the delays could last up to 25 minutes while construction crews erect new steel beams for the bridge that carries Chandler Mill Road traffic over the highway.

Morin said traffic will need to be stopped to accomodate construction between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Intermittent traffic stops are also being planned for southbound traffic in the same area beginning Thursday at 10 p.m. through Friday at 5 a.m. to allow for steel beam replacement.

Wyman & Simpson of Richmond is the contractor for the $1.3 million bridge replacement project. The Chandler Mill Road bridge is 58-years-old.