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Clair–Fort Kent Bridge

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Crosses  Saint John River
Maintained by  State Highway Agency
Opened  1930
Body of water  Saint John River
ID number  2398
Owner  State Highway Agency
Design  Truss - Thru
Width  12 m
Construction end  1930
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Carries  US 1 / SR 161 and Route 205
Locale  Canada–United States border
Location  Canada–United States border
Similar  Edmundston–Madawaska Bridge, Florenceville Bridge, Watson Settlement Bridge, Saint John Harbour Bridge, Fort Kent

The Clair–Fort Kent Bridge is a steel truss bridge crossing the Saint John River between Clair, New Brunswick in Canada and Fort Kent, Maine in the United States.

The bridge handles approximately 279,490 vehicle crossings per year and forms a border crossing on the International Boundary. It connects with Route 205 in New Brunswick and Route 161 and U.S. Route 1 (US 1) in Maine, also forming the northern terminus of US 1.

Since it is an international bridge, the Canadian portion of the structure is the responsibility of the Province of New Brunswick, while the American portion is operated by the State of Maine. The bridge was built in 1929–30 as a replacement for an existing cable ferry and a cable suspension footbridge. The bridge has three steel through-truss spans of 73.15 m (240.0 ft) each for a total length of 221.93 m (728.1 ft).

In 1995, the first pier from the New Brunswick abutment had major repairs done. In 1997, the steel members under the deck in the first 1.5 spans from the New Brunswick end were sandblasted, and then painted with a primer of inorganic zinc. In the same year, the downstream exterior stringers in these 1.5 spans were replaced. In 1998, the downstream concrete curb in the first 1.5 spans from the New Brunswick end was replaced. In 2000, the New Brunswick end concrete abutment underwent a major restoration.

Replacement

In January 2011, the Maine Department of Transportation imposed a 2.7 ton weight restriction on the bridge after advanced deterioration of the bridge on Maine's side was discovered during a routine inspection. On January 28, 2011, officials from New Brunswick and Maine announced plans to build a new bridge and demolish the existing structure. Construction began on the new bridge in 2012 and the estimated completion date is June 30, 2014. It is expected to cost $13.9 million.

The new bridge opened on July 31, 2014. Demolition of the old bridge was underway by September 29, 2014.

References

Clair–Fort Kent Bridge Wikipedia


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