All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Making Ends Meet

MDOT Project Manager Thomas Doe assures the public that the two ends of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge—now under construction in Prospect and Verona—will meet in the middle.
“When people go by, as we get closer, it’s going to look like this,” Doe says, holding one hand flat about a foot above the other. That’s because, he explains, “Each time we put another stay in we pull the end of the bridge up about a foot.”

The stays are those long white plastic-covered steel cables that connect sections of the bridge surface to the pedestal towers or pylons at either end.

“We want to make sure they meet in the middle,” Chris Burgess of Figg Engineers, the designer of record, says. Asked what engineers would do if the sections don’t meet, he responds flatly, “It’s not an option.” [Link]

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