Weight Limit Restrictions Placed On Deteriorating Bridge In Maine

(Last Updated On: November 24, 2017)


Inspectors have uncovered more steel deterioration than anticipated on the aging international bridge between Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick, forcing Maine and New Brunswick transportation officials to place weight limits that beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, October 27, 2017, will prevent most commercial vehicles from crossing at that location.

“During a recent inspection of the bridge, inspectors found significantly more steel deterioration on the floor beams and stringers than expected,” according to a press release issued Thursday by Maine Department of Transportation spokesperson Ted Talbot.”

As a result, officials on both sides of the St. John River have agreed to set the weight limit on the bridge at five tons, down from the current 50-ton limit.

Maine Department of Transportation spokesperson Ted Talbot said the average traffic, based on annual totals, is about 2,500 vehicles daily, including about 95 trucks per day.

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