October 13, 2013

Maine bridge reopens a year after closing down

Old wood-piling bridge in York cost $3.4 million to reconstruct.

The Associated Press

YORK – An old wood-piling bridge in southern Maine has reopened after being shut down for a year to be reconstructed.

The Portsmouth Herald says Sewall’s Bridge over the York River in York opened to traffic on Friday.

The new bridge replicates the features of the former bridge, with 13 pier structures and a 30-foot navigational channel for marine traffic. The span is about 250 feet long and cost about $3.4 million to build.

Friday’s ceremonies included a ribbon cutting by descendants of the family of Samuel Sewall, who built the original bridge in 1761.

During construction, traffic was detoured about four miles to cross the river.

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