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Falmouth Bridge Project Delayed

Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2012
Erin Courtney
CONTACT: Dan Morin (MTA)

Falmouth Bridge Project Delayed

Leighton Road Bridge Opening Delayed to Thanksgiving Week

PORTLAND, Maine – The temporary closure of the Leighton Road Bridge in Falmouth at mile 52, which carries traffic over the Maine Turnpike, has been extended a few weeks past the completion date outlined in the contract for the work. The latest schedule now has the bridge reopening to traffic Thanksgiving week.

The bridge has been closed since September 5 for bridge repairs and modifications, including bridge deck and pavement replacement, concrete pier and abutment repairs and bridge joint replacements.

The Maine Turnpike Authority was hoping to reopen the bridge to traffic by the end of this month. The project contractor has experienced material delays in addition to scheduling and manpower obstacles over the summer. Reopening the bridge to through traffic is a top priority and construction crews will be extending work hours and increasing employees on site in order to complete the project in a timely manner without jeopardizing safety.  Hurricane Sandy may also delay work.

The Maine Turnpike Authority sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause local residents, motorists and businesses that depend on the bridge.
For information about the Leighton Road Bridge project visit MaineTurnpike.com.
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