Bristol, Maine, Swing Bridge Shuts Down Boat Traffic

South Bristol Swing Bridge (2006). Photo courtesy

SAT view of bridge.

Sept. 9, 2010: The Lincoln County News reports that the swing bridge in South Bristol, Maine, leading to Rutherford Island is undergoing repairs, and that boat traffic will be shut down indefinitely. The bridge got stuck in the raised position at about 3 p.m. on Thursday, stranding some residents on Rutherford Island for about β€œ40 minutes to an hour,” bridge keeper John Harrison said. The bridge was eventually lowered manually, but remains closed to all but the smallest watercraft.

It’s the second time the bridge became stuck this summer. The Maine Department of Transportation plans to replace the historic landmark with a new, $4.4 million bridge in 2012 or 2013, depending on the availability of state funds.

For the full story go to The Lincoln County News

2008 Video of Bridge Opening: