Community celebrates historic bridge restoration

8:53 PM, Nov 20, 2010   |    comments
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HARPSWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After two years of construction the historic Cribstone Bridge is back open.

The bridge connects Bailey and Orr's Islands. It was originally built in 1926 with a unique design that allows the tide to flow freely in both directions. When the Department of Transportation set out to rebuild it, the community made it clear that it did not want a new bridge. It wanted the same design made from local granite. The bridge is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. State Historian Earle Shuttleworth says it is a vital part of the community.

"It's very much a part of the identity of the community and I think that that's the way Maine people feel about their historic landmarks, that they care about them and they want them to continue to be part of their lives" Shuttleworth said.

The project cost $11 million and was partially funded by the federal government.











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