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Lane closure planned on Route 26/100 bridge in Falmouth

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Lane closure planned on Route 26/100 bridge in Falmouth

FALMOUTH — Motorists who use Route 26/100 in Falmouth should expect delays on Thursday, April 1, as Maine Department of Transportation crews will close one lane of traffic on the 834-foot bridge that spans the Presumpscot River and the Pan Am railroad line.

Starting at 8 a.m., motorists will be limited to alternating single-lane traffic while the crews inspect the bridge's structural integrity. The bridge will reopen for dual-lane traffic at 4 p.m. the same day. Depending on the outcome of the inspection, repairs to the bridge could begin the following day, Friday, April 2.

The bridge, which was built in 1932, is scheduled for replacement. The new bridge, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011, will be built downstream from the current bridge. Once the new bridge is opened, crews will dismantle and remove the old bridge.  The total cost of the bridge replacement project is $10.5 million. CPM Constructors of Freeport is the contractor for the project.