A replacement for the aging Clark Bridge is on hold after bids for the project came in higher than expected. The Maine Department of Transportation had planned to begin on-site work in June. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MDOT

Bridge replacement delayed



TREMONT — Replacement of the Clark Bridge, scheduled to begin in June, has been delayed, according to the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT).

The bridge is located on the Tremont Road near the Tremont Consolidated School and spans the narrow passage between the Bass Harbor Marsh and Bass Harbor itself.

In an April 4 email to Greg Johnston, an engineer working with the town, Leanne Timberlake, MDOT’s senior project manager for its bridge program, wrote that bids for the project “came in very high” and were rejected. A factor in the high bids was the site constraints which were in place to avoid any impact the project would have on the Acadia National Park property adjacent to the bridge, Timberlake wrote.

A new design is to be developed which would be simpler and less expensive to construct. Plans call for the new design to go out to bid in the spring of 2018, according to Timberlake.

Originally, the concrete components of the bridge were to be constructed off-site and trucked to Tremont for installation. One-way traffic was to be maintained during construction and controlled by an automated traffic signal system. The operators of ambulances, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles would be able to override the signals if needed.

Timberlake provided no other details about the bridge in her email. Reached by telephone, she requested that questions be sent in an email. She did not respond before press time.

She did say in her correspondence to Johnston that the Clark Bridge project most likely would go out to bid with the “Marsh Bridge” project. That bridge, better known locally as the “Adams Bridge,” crosses the Bass Harbor Marsh on Route 102 at the boundary between Tremont and Southwest Harbor.

 

Mark Good

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