Clair – Fort Kent Bridge

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Clair – Fort Kent Bridge
Fort Kent Maine Bridge during flood 2008.jpg
Clair – Fort Kent Bridge During April 2008 Flood
Carries US 1 / SR 161 and Route 205
Crosses Saint John River
Locale Canada–United States border
Owner State Highway Agency
Maintained by State Highway Agency
ID number 2398
Design Truss - Thru
Material steel beams
Total length 221.93 m (728.1 ft)
Width 12.2 m
Number of spans 3
Load limit M 18
Vertical clearance 1.5 m
Construction begin 1929
Construction end 1930
Daily traffic 958 (2010)
Replaces cable ferry, cable suspension footbridge

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 in Maine, also forming the northern terminus of Route 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. There are 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 1st 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 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[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

The new bridge opened on July 31, 2014. Demolition of the old bridge was underway by September 29th. [3][4] Coordinates: 47°14′57.3″N 68°36′13.6″W / 47.249250°N 68.603778°W / 47.249250; -68.603778

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clair-Fort Kent Bridge to be replaced". Government of New Brunswick. January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bayly, Julia (July 25, 2013). "New international bridge at Fort Kent will be open in time for World Acadian Congress". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Bayly, Julia (July 31, 2014). "Ceremony marks opening of the new international bridge in Fort Kent". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Bayly, Julia (September 30, 2014). "Demolition of old international bridge in Fort Kent underway". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 30 September 2014.