Study to Detour Traffic at Falls Bridge

BLUE HILL — Commuters traveling between Brooklin and Blue Hill may want to start early during the week following Thanksgiving because their commute will require a side trip to Sedgwick.

The detour will be in place during daylight hours from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3, as the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) conducts tests at the Falls Bridge in Blue Hill.

DOT project manager Stephen Bodge said local residents would be allowed to drive to the bridge on both sides of the approach, but no vehicles will be allowed to cross the bridge during daylight hours.

Preliminary tests are being conducted to help planners determine the extent of a bridge rehabilitation project expected to take place in 2012.

At a public hearing in September, Bodge and engineers from Kleinfelder SEA, the firm hired by the DOT to design the bridge project, said the state was considering four options to repair and upgrade the 84-year-old concrete arch bridge that spans the reversing falls under State Route 175.

Those options include minor rehabilitation, major rehabilitation, replacement with an in-kind structure and replacement with a modern structure.

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