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Flooding Impact on Roads and Bridges in Aroostook County


April 30, 2008

4:00 PM


Maine DOT has issued the following summary of flooding impacts on roads and bridges in Aroostook County:

The International Bridge that spans the St. John River between Fort Kent and Clair, New Brunswick is now closed due to historic flooding on the St. John River. As of 3:00 p.m., the floodwaters were flowing against the bridge’s support beams, and are expected to rise over the bridge when the river crests sometime tonight.

The bridge will be closed until MaineDOT Bridge inspection teams are able to inspect the bridge and determine if there is any damage caused by the flood. Inspection teams will examine the bridge structure and supports, as well as the surface and understory of the bridge. It is unknown at this time if dive crews will need to inspect the bridge supports in the river. If so, the bridge will remain closed until the waters of the St. John are safe to dive.

In the interim, MaineDOT crews worked to repair blown out culverts and create a detour to allow motorists in Fort Kent to enter Canada through Madawaska. Sections of Route 1 in Frenchville are still flooded and impassable, so the detour follows interior roads through the towns of Fort Kent, New Canada, Cross Lake, St. Agatha and into Madawaska.

In Southern Aroostook County, a bridge that carries Route 11 across the West Branch of the Mattawamkeag River was damaged and closed. Flood waters scoured the bridges support structures and dropped the bridge seven inches. Bridge inspection crews will need to examine the extent of the damage before estimating how long it will be closed for repairs.

The Van Buren International Bridge has also been closed. Currently the only international crossing bridge that remains open in Northern Maine is located in Madawaska.



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