May 16, 2013

Suspension cables next in demolition of Waldo-Hancock Bridge

The Associated Press

VERONA ISLAND — Workers are ready to complete the last major piece of the dismantling of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge that spans the Penobscot River.

On Thursday, workers plan to bring down the cables, which will tumble into the river. Ted Talbot of the Maine Department of Transportation says the decking is already completely removed.

The bridge was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1931 with its soaring suspension cables and 206-foot towers.

But it's now been out of service for seven years, replaced by the modern Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Demolition began last fall and continued over the winter. Federal funding will pay for 80 percent of the $5.3 million price tag, with the state paying the rest.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)