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.

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