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Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2013
Erin Courtney
513-2982
ecourtney@maineturnpike.com


Blackstrap Road Bridge in Falmouth Opens to Traffic

Intermittent lane closures to take place into next week

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Turnpike Authority tonight reopened the Blackstrap Road Bridge in Falmouth, which carries local traffic over the Turnpike.
 
The bridge had been out of service since June so construction crews could safely increase bridge under clearance, repair the bridge’s steel substructure and completely replace the concrete deck under the pavement. This is the first major work on the bridge deck since it was first built in 1953.
 
Maintenance work to finish the project is expected to continue into next week. During those times, the bridge will be reduced to one lane and crews will direct traffic through the work zone in alternating directions. 
 
Nearly all of the 176 bridges on the Maine Turnpike were built between 1946 and 1955. The Turnpike Authority is working through a 30-year plan of major bridge rehabilitation and repair projects.
 
The Maine Turnpike Authority does not take the issue of project delays lightly. Project managers know they have an impact on drivers and appreciate their patience and understanding.
 
Visit MaineTurnpike.com for more information on Turnpike projects and weekly construction advisories and lane closure reports. Motorists can also sign up to receive travel alerts by email and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for timely travel alerts and Turnpike information.
 
 
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