Rockland finds beaver dam, delaying bridge replacement

By Stephen Betts | Oct 07, 2019
Courtesy of: Rockland Public Services A beaver dam was located Tuesday morning Oct. 8. The bridge on Thompson Meadow Road is closed and the replacement of the bridge was delayed by high water created by the dam.

Rockland — A plan to replace a small bridge in Rockland has been delayed because of a beaver dam.

The bridge on Thompson Meadow Road was closed to traffic Sept. 16, said Chris Donlin, assistant director of Rockland Public Services.

Contractors were planning to replace the bridge when the creek bed got low enough, but the water level has been much higher than expected.

Donlin said there was likely an obstruction in Meadow Brook and that it could be a beaver dam. A Rockland Public Services crew located the dam Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, and began dismantling it.

There is no specific estimate on when the bridge replacement will occur, Donlin said after the dam was located. The road connects West Meadow Road to Old County Road. There are a few homes on the West Meadow Road end of Thompson Meadow Road.

The state received a $95,000 transportation grant for the project, which will cost about $115,000.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Alan Heal | Oct 10, 2019 03:21

Maine State Warden Service used to blow up the dam on a regular basis

 



Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Oct 08, 2019 08:06

Dynamite



Posted by: Dale Hayward | Oct 07, 2019 19:09

Blaming the poor beavers before finding cause. Not suprised.......



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