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Hackett Road Bridge in Auburn to be closed for construction beginning Monday, August 7

Maine Turnpike: Thinking Ahead FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 04, 2017
Erin Courtney
CONTACT: Erin Courtney (MTA)

Hackett Road Bridge in Auburn to be closed for construction beginning Monday, August 7

Bridge will be closed to traffic for approimately three months

PORTLAND, Maine –  Beginning on Monday, August 7, 2017 the Hackett Road Bridge in Auburn that carries traffic over the Maine Turnpike will be closed for construction.  The closure is expected to last for approximately 12 weeks.  The work consists of steel girder repairs due to an over height vehicle hit, raising of the bridge to avoid future over height hits, replacement of the wearing surface and repairs to the concrete deck and substructure.  In addition to the bridge repairs, a maintenance/emergency vehicle access ramp will be constructed during the closure.

The signed detour route during bridge rehabilitation will redirect traffic to Broad Street, to Witham Road, South Main Street and Old Danville Road.  The detour as signed is approximately 2.8 miles long.  The Hackett Road Bridge carries approximately 600 vehicles per day over the mainline of the Maine Turnpike. Message boards have been place to inform travelers of the August 7th closure since mid-July. The Maine Turnpike Authority appreciates motorists’ patience and understanding during this construction.
The $1.2 million project, awarded to Wyman & Simpson, Inc. of Richmond, is scheduled to be complete by mid-November 2017.
The Maine Turnpike Authority is a quasi-state agency created by the Maine Legislature in1941. When the Maine Turnpike’s opened in 1947, it became the nation’s second superhighway and the very first to be funded exclusively through the sale of revenue bonds. While setting standards for maintenance and improvement, the Maine Turnpike continues to be a self-financed operation and does not receive funding from the state or federal government. Because of its prominence and reputation, it has been designated a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Maine Turnpike Authority thanks all motorists for their patience during Turnpike improvements, and as always, thank you for driving safely.