Got an overweight load? Traveling on
is about to get a
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Maine Department of
Transportation will increase the bridge’s current weight limit of 80,000 pounds
to 100,000 pounds, thanks to a $4 million strengthening project during the past
two years, the Bangor News reported.
According to The
Boston Globe, the strengthening project – which involved adding
reinforcement cables and developing new weight-monitoring technology – was
implemented after it was discovered in July 2003 that the bridge could not
safely handle heavy truck traffic.
Officials quickly reduced the 74-year-old
bridge’s weight limit to 24,000 pounds after making the discovery two years
ago. Before the upgrade, trucks were required to find alternate routes across
“With the exception of permitted overloads, this will allow all legal
loads to use the bridge,” DOT Assistant Chief Engineer Chip Getchell
told The Globe.