The bridge on Bragdon Road is being posted with a maximum weight limit of 3 tons. All vehicles heavier than the posted limit that need to get from one end of Bragdon Road to the other should use nearby Bald Hill Road, High Pine Loop Road and Sanford Road as an alternate route. At this weight limit, vehicles such as school buses, fire trucks, oil delivery trucks and dump trucks will not be able to use this bridge. Cars and Light Duty pickup trucks will still be able to use this bridge.
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the weight limit posting.
Why is this bridge being posted?
Maine DOT determined that a 3-ton posting is necessary based on the extent of deterioration found during a recent field inspection.
When does this take effect?
This posting is effective immediately.
What impact does this 3-ton posting have on me?
Cars and light duty trucks will still be able to use the bridge. Heavier vehicles such as school buses, fire trucks, oil delivery trucks, and dump trucks will need to use a detour.
How is the Town of Wells working to solve this problem?
Fortunately, this bridge was already scheduled for replacement. The design was completed this past spring and the Town selected a contractor through a competitive bid process to perform the work. Fabrication of the new precast bridge components is scheduled for this fall with on-site construction to follow.
Maine DOT regrets this inconvenience and encourages motorists to drive safely.