Penobscot River Bridge

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Penobscot River Bridge
Penobscot Bridge on left, railroad bridge on right
Coordinates 44°48′00″N 68°45′52″W / 44.7999°N 68.7644°W / 44.7999; -68.7644
Carries Motor vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians
Crosses Penobscot River
Locale Bangor/Brewer, Maine
Design truss
Total length 657 feet (200 m)
Width 32 feet (10 m)
Longest span 218 feet (66 m)
Load limit 15 tons - 3 tons
Construction begin 1902
Construction end 1911
Opened 1902
Closed 1997

The Penobscot River Bridge was a truss bridge between Bangor and Brewer, Maine. It was constructed by the American Bridge Company in 1902, with further construction in 1911 by the Boston Bridge Works. According to the Historic American Engineering Record, it was the last remaining Baltimore (Petit) through-truss bridge in Maine.[1] While it was designed for loads of up to 15 tons, it was reduced to 3 tons shortly before its replacement in 1997 by the "New Penobscot Bridge"[2]

It carried U.S. Route 1A and Route 15 across the Penobscot River. While 1A still crosses the New Penobscot Bridge, SR-15 was redirected over I-395's Veterans Remembrance Bridge after its completion in 1986.

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  1. ^ "Penobscot Bridge, Spanning Penobscot River at Route 15, Bangor, Penobscot County, ME". American Memory:Built in America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
  2. ^ New Penobscot Bridge (1997) at Structurae. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.