Construction set for two bridges in Rockport

By Louis Bettcher | Oct 05, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher A boat is transported over the Rockport Bridge in downtown Rockport on Oct. 5.

Rockport — Two bridges in Rockport, Rockport Bridge and Annis Bridge, will be undergoing construction this month, and the bridges will be either be reduced to one lane of traffic or closed while the work is completed.

Rockport Bridge, also known as Goose River Bridge, connects Pascal Avenue to Main Street in downtown Rockport. The Maine Department of Transportation will be performing work on the curbs on the bridge as well as replacing concrete joint armor.

This work is expected to begin Tuesday, Oct. 10, and the bridge will be limited to one lane alternating traffic. The repairs are expected to take three weeks to complete, according to a press release from the Rockport Town Office.

Annis Bridge is located on Annis Lane, which is an offshoot of Main St. between Simonton Corner and Hosmer Pond Rd. The bridge will be closed from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 13. Both bridges span the Goose River.

In an Oct. 10 report to the Rockport Select Board, Town Manager Rick Bates estimates the work on Annis Lane Bridge will cost $50,000. Before this deduction, funds available to the town for road construction total approximately $275,000. Other roads being worked on or paved, including Mt. Pleasant Street, will cost an estimated $208,000, leaving a balance of approximately $15,000 available for work next spring.

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