Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge
LubecMaine FDRBridge.jpg
Lubec, Maine and the FDR Bridge
CoordinatesCoordinates: 44°51′33.8″N 66°58′48.8″W / 44.859389°N 66.980222°W / 44.859389; -66.980222
CarriesMaine State Route 189
LocaleLubec, Maine
Named forFranklin Delano Roosevelt
Characteristics
MaterialSteel
History
Construction start1958
Opened1962

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge is an international bridge, which connects Maine State Route 189 in the community of Lubec, Maine[1] in the United States with New Brunswick Route 774 on Campobello Island in the Canadian province of New Brunswick across the Lubec Narrows. The decked steel truss bridge is named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, who maintained a summer retreat on Campobello (now preserved as Roosevelt Campobello International Park). It is the island's only road connection to the mainland of North America; all of the island's transportation connections to the rest of New Brunswick are by ferry.[2]

The easternmost physical manifestation of the Canada–United States border, which the bridge spans, is a plaque in its middle.[3] U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada Border Services Agency stations are located at each end of the bridge, forming the Lubec-Campobello Border Crossing.

History[edit]

In 1958, the Canadian government passed the Campobello-Lubec Bridge Act providing for the framework for the construction of the span.[4] Following a few years of planning, the bridge opened to traffic in 1962, with its official dedication occurring on August 15, 1962.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lubec, Maine - Building the Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello". Lubec.mainememory.net. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  2. ^ Cuprisin, Tim (June 14, 2008). "Tranquil Campobello Island honors FDR". The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
  3. ^ "Chapter 1: Eastern Maine". United Divide: A Linear Portrait of the USA/Canada Border. The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Winter 2015.
  4. ^ "Campobello-Lubec Bridge Act ( 1958, c. 23 )". Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  5. ^ Mahar, Martin (April 10, 2000). "Local town history centennial projects written by students about their communities". The Bangor Daily News.