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Maine Department of Transportation issued a press release Tuesday announcing “good progress” on the replacement of the Route 1 viaduct through Bath.

According to the MDOT, 15 of 19 pier columns have been completed, 10 of 19 pier caps are done, and the first of 20 superstructure spans has been put in place.

“Overall, MaineDOT President Glenn Philbrook estimates that work is approximately three weeks ahead of schedule,” according to the release.

The release continued: “According to Philbrook, favorable weather has contributed to the progress to date along with good project planning and construction techniques that include pre-fabrication of the pier caps. Pier caps are the “Y” shaped structures that sit atop the pier columns and support the ends of the bridge spans. The pier caps were fabricated across the Kennebec River while demolition of the old viaduct was completed. As each of the pier columns has been completed, a pier cap is transported to the work site and placed into position by heavy-lift crane.

“The Bath Viaduct will have four 12-foot lanes plus 4-foot shoulders. The road superstructure will consist of 4 bridge spans set side-by-side with ends resting on the pier caps. A total of twenty spans make up the new viaduct structure. Construction is proceeding with crane work taking place at night.

MDOT warned that in April, drivers should expect daily lane closures may be in place 24 hours a day. The exception is eastbound travel from 3-5  p.m., Monday through Friday, and Westbound travel from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Off-peak delays of estimated 3-5 minutes and peak hour delays 3-5 p.m. of 10-15 minutes should be expected.

“MaineDOT encourages southbound U.S. Route 1 travelers to continue using both lanes when crossing the Sagadahoc Bridge from Woolwich to Bath, and execute alternate merging at the end of the bridge,” according to the release. “Using both lanes queues traffic for merging and helps keep things moving most efficiently.”

The new viaduct is expected to open by Memorial Day.

“The project will result in significant improvements to pedestrian sidewalks, crosswalks, signage and lighting – important due to the growing popularity of Historic Downtown Bath. MaineDOT invites Bath area residents and drivers to stay informed about the project by visiting and by signing up for email alerts.”

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