The Maine Department of Transportation informs us of a couple of bridge replacements that are due to begin in a few days.

In Penobscot County, the MDOT will be replacing the Mattawamkeag Bridge, the span that carries Route 2/North Main Street traffic over the Mattawamkeaq River. The work on this project is due to begin this coming Monday, December 14th.

Reed and Reed Inc. of Woolwich is the general contractor in charge of the work and by the spring of next year they'll have a temporary bridge crossing downstream of the existing bridge that will allow alternating traffic to cross the river. Look for temporary traffic signals as well to control the traffic on the new temporary bridge. While the temporary bridge is in use, access to Willow Street from Route 2 will be prohibited according to the MDOT. Traffic will be detoured using Depot Street, which is the next street over.

The price tag to replace the Mattawamkeaq Bridge is $11,285,267, and the project will not be completed until December of 2023.

Pleasant River Bridge in Milo via Google Maps

Meanwhile, approximately 49 miles away in the Piscataquis County town of Milo, the Maine Department of Transportation tells us the Pleasant River Bridge will be replaced beginning on Monday, December 14th, as well.  This is the steel structure that carries cars and trucks over the Pleasant River via Pleasant Street.

Crews from Wyman & Simpson, Inc. of Richmond will keep two-way traffic going throughout the construction of the new bridge, which is due to be completed by June 30th of 2023.  The cost to replace this bridge will be $6,954,444.

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