Last Tuesday, the Winthrop Street Bridge, which crosses the Maine Turnpike was closed for good. This project is a complete rebuild, as the regular structure is to be replaced. In fact, the old bridge has already been removed. This will be a quick turnaround, as the project is using Accelerated Bridge Construction to shorten the renovation to 55 days (down from the usual 150) According to a report from Central Maine.com, the bridge was over 60 years old and in need of repair. The new bridge will be two feet wider, and clearance will now stand at 15.5 feet.

This stretch of the Turnpike looks strange without it.

 

 

In case you haven't found a suitable detour, the MTA has posted the suggested route.