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Waldo-Hancock Bridge Project

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Waldo-Hancock Bridge Project Website

Newspaper Articles

Bridge Work Is for the Birds (2-21-02)

Waldo-Hancock Bridge Job May Take Six Years (5-25-00)


The Waldo-Hancock Bridge, Maine's first long-span suspension bridge, is located near Bucksport, carrying Route US 1 and Route 3 over the Penobscot River between the towns of Prospect and Verona. The bridge was opened to traffic on November 16, 1931 and was a toll bridge until October 31, 1953. The main span is 800 feet long and provides a navigational clearance of 135 feet. The tower's cantilever vierendeel truss design deviates from the predominant archway design of most suspension bridge towers. The straight lines of the tower design blend with the natural rocky setting, the stern lines of nearby Fort Knox, and the colonial architecture of the local area. (From Maine DOT)

Crosses Penobscot River (Maine)
Type Suspension
Designer Steinman
Deck Material Steel
Tower Material Steel
Length of Main Span 800 ft
Total Length (abutment to abutment) 2040 ft
Maximum Height 236 ft
Carries Highway
Construction began 1929
Opened to traffic November 16, 1931


Construction began on the bridge in September, 2000. Although the restoration is expected to take as long as six years, the construction effort will be completed in a 4 year period from March, 2002, to June, 2006. The substructure repair project has no traffic impacts anticipated.

Over the next few months there may be intermittent closings of the bridge because of inspections in order to prepare for the eventual repairs. For additional information, please see the timetable below. Please note that this timetable is subject to change. 

Restoration and Repair Timetable

Work Task Start Date End Date Status
Substructure Replacement September, 2000 May, 2001 Construction Complete
Cable Wrap, North June, 2002 November, 2002 Awarded
Cable Wrap, South March, 2003 November, 2003 Awarded
Deck Replacement November, 2003 August, 2004 In Development
Painting September, 2004 July, 2006 In Development


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