Published Date Written by David CarkhuffAbout three dozen people received a preview Tuesday afternoon of the state's replacement of Martin's Point Bridge on Route 1 between Portland and Falmouth.
The $23 million replacement bridge is scheduled for an early 2014 opening, the Maine Department of Transportation noted.
CPM Constructors of Freeport and VHB of Watertown, Mass., were the selected team to build the new bridge.
The present Martin's Point Bridge was designed in 1940 and built in 1941-43, MaineDOT reports. When built, it was 1,400 feet long with a 46-foot clear roadway width and 2-foot, 6-inch wide safety walks on each side.
Five teams submitted qualifications packages to replace the bridge: Reed and Reed with TY Lin; Cianbro with AECOM; Lane Construction with URS; Figg, Figg and Prock Marine; and CPM Constructors and VHB.
The new bridge will feature pedestrian and bicycle access, with riding and walking lanes separate from the two travel lanes, and bumpouts for fishing. Officials reported that the $23 million bid coame in $7 million below projections.
Among MaineDOT's goals, according to the agency's request for proposals from last fall, were to accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, maritime traffic, recreational users, and vehicular users in a comfortable, attractive, and secure environment; to accommodate bicycles in both directions adjacent to the vehicular traffic lanes; and to provide a multi-use pathway providing safety and enjoyment for different activities.