2014-07-04 / Front Page

Lanigan Bridge to be replaced

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNK — The Mathew Lanigan Bridge connecting Lower Village Kennebunk with Dock Square Kennebunkport will be replaced by the Maine Department of Transportation.

The Route 9 bridge was built in 1933 as a swing bridge, which means the structure would swivel to let boat traffic pass through on the Kennebunk River.

The Maine Department of Transportation inspected the bridge in January 2013 and gave it a federal sufficiency rating of 28.2 out of 100, which means its condition is ranked fair to poor.

The inspecition included the following rankings: superstructure condition received a four out of 10, deck condition ranked five out of 10, and substructure received a five out of 10.

The Maine Department of Transportation has recommended that a bridge advisory committee be formed, comprised of members from each town, to determine the timing of construction and the design of the bridge, as well as maintenance throughout the construction process.

It is likely the committee will include five members from each Kennebunkport and Kennebunk and one member from the Chamber of Commerce, Kennebunk Town Manager Tibbetts said.

According to the Maine Department of Transportation, the project is estimated to cost approximately $2.2 million.

Tibbetts said at the June 24 board of selectmen meeting that representatives from M.D.O.T. will attend a public hearing Tuesday, July 15 to “hear public comments, give a summary of their findings, the status, the deterioration and hear public comments on how to handle traffic, shoulder/sidewalk widths, and ideas from the residents and businesses on what the bridge needs to look like when it’s done.”

It will likely take seven to eight months before a final design is decided upon, Tibbetts said. Construction would likely start sometime in 2015 or 2016. “And that’s subject to a lot of different variables as they go through this process.”

According to the M.D.O.T. flier for the public meeting, representatives are interested in “learning local views relative to the project, consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources and identifying local concerns and issues.”

The July 15 meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Alexander Economos Auditorium at Kennebunk High School.

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