Penobscot Narrows Bridge in Maine
|Penobscot Narrows Bridge|
|Total length||646 meters|
|Main span||354 meters|
|Bridge deck height||41 meters|
|Traffic intensity||8,200 mvt/day|
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge is a cable- stayed bridge in the United States, located in the state of Maine near Bucksport.
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The cable-stayed bridge spans the Penobscot River and is the southernmost bridge over this river. The bridge has a total length of 646 meters and a main span of 354 meters. The pylons are 128 and 136 meters high and are located in the middle of the bridge deck, dividing the deck into two lanes, each with one lane and a redress lane. The bridge is special for two reasons, it is one of the few cable-stayed bridges in the United States where the cables are not attached to the pylon, but only run through it. In addition, the western pylon houses an observatory with views over the Penobscot River and nearby Fort Knox. US 1 runs across the bridge in Maine, a coastal route of somewhat secondary importance (most of Maine’s larger towns are along Interstate 95 ).
The Waldo–Hancock Bridge, a suspension bridge with a main span of 244 meters, was built between 1929 and 1931. This was Maine’s first major suspension bridge. This was a toll road until 1953. At the end of the 1990s, serious corrosion was discovered on the suspension cables and cables, after which they were renovated in 2000, but it became clear that a new bridge was necessary. The new Penobscot Narrows Bridge was subsequently constructed and opened to traffic on December 30, 2006. The old bridge was subsequently demolished in 2012-2013. On May 19, 2007, the observatory in the bridge pylon opened to visitors.
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Every day, 8,200 vehicles cross the bridge.
Augusta is the capital of the US state of Maine. Augusta is located on the Kennebec and has about 18,560 inhabitants. This makes the city smaller than Portland. The city has been the state capital since the creation of the state of Maine in 1827. However, the state parliament has only met in Augusta since 1832. A parliament building had to be built and in the meantime the parliament met in Portland. The city is known for its botanical garden, and the Maine State Museum and Library are also located in Augusta.