Saturday, June 22, 2013
The vessel made surprisingly little noise as it came up behind us Wednesday night. Maybe the barge reflected the noise of the two Fournier Tractor tugboats down river.
On board the barge, two huge cranes. That they were heading up to Cianbro could mean only one thing: they'd finished taking down the towers of the Waldo Hancock Bridge. The top of the second tugboat is barely visible in front of the crane.
The Waldo Hancock Bridge was built in 1931*. It was the first long span construction bridge built in Maine, and the first to use Vierendeeltruss in its towers. The first time I remember crossing the bridge was in 1980 on a bike. I'm not a fan of heights, and I didn't particularly care for how the bridge rattled as trucks crossed over it. But I loved how it looked and how after it was closed, it became a home for osprey and peregrine falcons. In 2006 the Waldo Hancock Bridge was replaced by the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.
By June they were taking apart the towers.
And now even those cranes were done. The Maine DOT states that the concrete feet will remain and become river markers.
So long, I'm really going to miss the double bridge view.
Waldo Hancock Bridge
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