News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 29, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, April 29, 2021
High wire act: Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge inspection
Paving, too—work will go to July

Great view

These bridge inspectors have a great view of Eggemoggin Reach, but they’re up there to inspect the bridge. Contractors for the Maine Department of Transportation are inspecting and paving the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge as part of a $1.6 million project expected to end July 1, according to a DOT press release.

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by Leslie Landrigan

Contractors for the Maine Department of Transportation are inspecting and paving the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge as part of a $1.6 million project expected to end July 1, according to a DOT press release.

The 82-year-old bridge, which has a main span of 1,088 feet, was last inspected in May 2019, according to Maine DOT. Inspectors then found the condition of the deck and superstructure to be satisfactory and the condition of the substructure to be good.

Wide loads

Bridge traffic will be reduced to a single lane for the inspection and paving from time to time. Deer Isle Town Manager Jim Fisher said at the April 21 select board meeting he is hearing from people who want to move wide loads over the bridge. They should call Maine DOT, he said, and they will be given a permit to cross at a specific time.

TranSystems of Boston is inspecting the bridge for a $395,098 contract. BMB Construction of Brewer is doing the paving for $1,238,860.