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Big bridge’s interior walkways to be rebuilt 



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The walkways that were used for inspecting the interior of the Duck Broom Motor Road Bridge before they collapsed about 10 years ago will be rebuilt this summer. 

Duck Brook Motor Road, also known as Paradise Hill Road, runs between the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Eagle Lake Road. 

The bridge rehabilitation project will involve reconstruction of the interior safety walkways, as well as the interior lighting system and some concrete structures including drainages. 

“That will allow us to keep a better eye on the interior structure of the bridge for the inspections that happen every couple of years,” Acadia’s Chief of Facilities Maintenance Keith Johnston said. “It is our largest bridge and our only hollow bridge. I’m very excited to see that work get done.” 

The contractor, Lee Construction, expects to start and complete the interior reconstruction project this summer. 

Built in the early 1950s, the bridge is a triple-arch concrete span over the Duck Brook ravine. It is faced with rough cut granite. 

At 402 feet, it is the longest bridge in Acadia, as well as the tallest. It is the largest continuous concrete arch deck bridge in the eastern U.S.  

 

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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