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2/3/2020 - Ohio Street Bridge Closure Begins Monday, February 24th

Ohio Street Bridge Closure Begins Monday, February 24th

UPDATE 3/6/2020

The City has received a number of complaints over the noise associated with this project. The Ohio Street Bridge project is a MaineDOT project. Demolition of the bridge is required to be completed at night, because traffic on the interstate must be shut down to one lane in each direction during the operation. The following is additional information provided to us by the MaineDOT:

The noise that the locals are referring to is the excavator with the hoe ram attachment. For the deck slab removal, the contractor has adjusted their order of operations so the hoe ramming will occur immediately after the lane closures are in place from approximately 8:30pm to 10:30pm.

Additional info and anticipated night work and durations:

Bridge Deck Removal - complete by the end of week of 3/2 (moderate to high noise)
Shielding Removal - 4 days - scheduled to begin 3/16 (low noise)
Beam Removal - 4 days - scheduled to begin 3/20 (moderate noise)
Pier Demo - 4 days - scheduled to begin 4/9 (moderate to high noise)
Set Pier Columns - 2 days - scheduled to begin 5/11
Set Pier Cap - 1 day - scheduled to begin 5/13
Mill/Overlay Northbound - 8 days - scheduled to begin 6/30
Mill/Overlay Southbound - 8 days - scheduled to begin 7/13

The contractor is allowed:
Single lane closure from 8:00pm to 6:00am
Full closure Northbound or Southbound 11:00pm to 5:00am

The Maine Department of Transportation is replacing the Ohio Street Bridge, which carries Ohio Street over I-95 in Bangor. Demolition begins in February and will continue through April. The new bridge will be open by September 2020. During demolition and construction, local traffic, including pedestrians, will be detoured. After the new bridge opens, there will be alternating one-way traffic with flaggers until the project is completed in November 2020.

There will also be complete interstate closures, either northbound or southbound, during overnight hours - between 11:00pm and 5:00am. These closures are allowed Sunday through Thursday, and detours will be clearly marked. There will be no interstate closures during July and August.

The Ohio Street Bridge is approximately 60 years old and is approaching the end of its useful life. The new structure will include noncorrosive materials to reduce future maintenance needs. The new bridge will also provide an additional 18 inches of clearance for vehicles on the interstate. This $5.9 million project will add a turning lane on Ohio Street for vehicles turning onto the ramp to travel southbound on I-95. MaineDOT is using some precast concrete bridge substructure elements during construction to expedite the process and minimize the impact to the traveling public.