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Bridge demo delays observatory opening



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The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory will open May 24 this year.

PROSPECT — The Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory will be opening on May 24 this year, roughly three weeks later than usual.

The observatory usually opens May 1, but that date has been pushed back due to the demolition of the neighboring Waldo-Hancock Bridge. Postponing tours will give the demolition crew time and space to safely finish their work.

Normal visitor hours will resume from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24. There will be extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in July and August.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge has the only bridge observatory in the United States. The $85-million bridge opened on Dec. 30, 2006, and the observatory opened on May 19, 2007. The bridge spans 2,120 feet from the east shore to the west shore. The observatory is 420 feet above the river and offers 360-degree views of the surrounding area.

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