Better Roads Staff
Total length: 567 feet
Spans: 300-foot tied-arch span in center with two 128.5 New England Bulb Tee (NEBT) spans on either end
Arch: 60-feet high at the center
Hangers: 18 sets of hangers — nine per side, two at each location
Travel lanes and use: Carries two 12-foot travel lanes with a 6-foot shoulder and 5-foot sidewalk on one side of the road; on the other side is a 4-foot shoulder and 7-foot multi-use lane for snowmobiles in the winter and horses, bicycles, etc., in the summer
Norridgewock Bridge Project Unique Stipulations
Due to the historical nature of the Norridgewock Bridge Project, the bridge’s design had the following unique stipulations that had to be met, according to MaineDOT:
• Document the covered bridge in accordance with Historic American Engineering Record standards.
• Incorporate design features that are appropriate to the setting, through continued consultation with Maine Historic Preservations Commission.
• Design the replacement bridge in a collaborative process that includes Federal Highway Administration, MaineDOT, Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the town of Norridgewock. This team is called the “Signatories Committee.”
• Produce a design that is both contemporary and fitting for the setting and the history of the site, by seeking ways to:
° visually enhance the setting,
° reflect its history,
° maintain compatibility with the character of adjacent historic properties, and
° prudently use transportation funds.
• Erect a plaque and/or interpretive panel(s) depicting the covered bridge, its history and its significance at a location near the site of the bridge.
• Produce a model/diorama depicting the history of river crossings in Norridgewock.
• Publish an illustrated booklet documenting the transportation history of the Norridgewock area.