THOMASTON — Thomaston’s Beechwood Street is open for traffic with a new bridge, following construction to replace six-foot diameter steel culverts, which had rusted through.

The bridge was completed Thursday, Nov. 18, and the road opened to vehicles.

Select Board Vice Chair, Peter Lammert, said the new bridge’s girders and guard rails are fabricated from Corten Steel, which has a unique anti-rust barrier, which forms once the metal is in place.

Lammert said this protective covering will not need maintenance.

The bridge was constructed by Dirigo Bridge Company of Maine for $245,000.

The new 38-foot bridge has a clearance of 14 feet above the east branch of the Oyster River.

Lammert said water levels during the recent storms and flooding were almost to the bottom of the bridge.

During the construction, remnants of the original bridge abutments were found as logs, cut and notched by hand, likely dating back to the mid-1800s.