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Construction on track for new international bridge and land port of entry

Construction is well underway for the new international bridge in Madawaska as contractors prepare for warmer weather.

MADAWASKA, Maine — Construction is well underway for the new international bridge in Madawaska as contractors prepare for warmer weather.

Independent contractor Reed & Reed of Woolwich and New Brunswick’s Greenfield Construction, along with the Maine and New Brunswick departments of transportation, are collaborating on the project.

Night work on the bridge began in September. Since then, workers have built a jetty on the Saint John River and are working on retaining the land.

Reed & Reed continues to work on the cast-in-place concrete abutments and wing walls in the United States located on the General Services Agency plot for the new land entry point, while their Greenfield counterparts are doing the same at the Canadian land port of entry, said Andrew Lathe. from the Maine Department of Transportation.

Reed also removes Pillar 4, a steel cofferdam used to dewater the pillar foundation at this location. Once the pier foundations are completed, there is no need to maintain a dewatered access into the river.

Construction of the international bridge at Madawaska continues as contractors add pier shafts on December 18, 2021. (Courtesy Deschaine Digital)

Temporary removal of bridge trestle is underway on both sides of the border in preparation for the spring thaw to prevent ice jams. The contractor will reinstall the temporary bridge trestle in the spring to facilitate the erection of the steel superstructure, which is expected to begin in late summer 2022.

The bridge project is accompanied by the creation of a new land entry port. The General Service Administration had completed the foundation of most of the structure’s foundation by the end of October.

“The Madawaska LPOE project is on track and progressing as planned,” said Paul Hughes of the General Services Administration.

Since the foundation was laid, the public works, building and canopy foundations have been backfilled for the winter. In addition, 50% of the retaining wall has been built. In the meantime, the project continues to work on the necessary construction documents as well as the interior demolition of the old McDonald’s, Hughes said.

The land port of entry is expected to be substantially complete and operational by the end of 2023, coinciding with the opening of the MaineDOTs international bridge project. For now, the existing century-old bridge is in use, and has had a posted five ton weight limit since 2017.

Still standing, the old McDonald’s building in Madawaska has not yet been demolished and no specific date has been given for its demolition. (Emily Jerkins | St. John Valley Times)

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