MOUNT DESERT — Route 3 at Seal Harbor beach might be closed for five weeks in late spring or early fall next year while the bridge over Stanley Brook is replaced and about 550 feet of the road is rebuilt.
Cars might be allowed to detour on Jordan Pond Road and Stanley Brook Road into Acadia National Park, but trucks and buses traveling between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor – normally a 4-mile trip – would have to drive 17 miles out of the way through Bar Harbor.
Officials of the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) said at a public meeting on the project Tuesday night in Northeast Harbor that the bridge, which was built in 1953, is in fair to poor condition, and its substructure and stone abutments are in terrible shape.
He said there are three options for doing the work: building the new bridge in stages, so that one lane would remain open to traffic; building a temporary bridge just north of the existing one; and closing the road.
Project manager Steve Bodge said the first two options would cost more and take five or six months to complete, explaining why he prefers the third option.
Installing a temporary bridge would not only cost more and take longer, it also could raise environmental concerns by disturbing more of the area around Stanley Brook.
Mr. Bodge said the state would pay the entire cost of the project, which is estimated at $600,000.
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