TOPSHAM — The Maine Department of Transportation will hold a preliminary public meeting Tuesday to discuss replacement of the Cathance Bridge.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the municipal building, 100 Main St.

The Cathance Bridge carries traffic over the Cathance River and is the bridge near the town’s Head of Tide Park.

According to the meeting announcement, state transportation officials will make a presentation and will “listen to concerns, receive comments and answer questions from anyone with an interest in the project.”

“The department is particularly interested in learning local views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources and identifying local concerns and issues,” the announcement continues.

Accommodations will be made for people with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request.

Questions about the project can be sent to the attention of Mark Parlin, Project Manager, Maine Department of Transportation, Bridge Program, Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0016.

Parlin can be reached by phone at 624-3449 or by email at [email protected]

Parlin said Thursday that the meeting scheduled for Tuesday is the first of two planned meetings about the bridge replacement.

The meetings are designed to help MDOT craft a survey plan and collect “general information about anything we should be aware of before we get into the design process.”

There is currently no construction money available or target date for the replacement of the bridge — a concrete T-beam superstructure with a 55-foot span.

The bridge was built in 1920, according to Parlin.

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