- Million Dollar Bridge (Maine)
Million Dollar Bridge
The Million Dollar Bridge behind the then-under-construction Casco Bay Bridge.
Carries Motor vehicles and pedestrians Crosses Fore River Locale Portland, Maine Design Girder Bascule Clearance below 24 feet (7.3 m) Opened 1916 Daily traffic 30,000 vehicles per day Closed 1998 Coordinates Coordinates:
Permits to construct the Million Dollar Bridge were issued by the Secretary of War in 1893. The bridge was designed in 1914 and opened to traffic in 1916. The bascule span provided a horizontal clearance of 100 ft (30.5 m). Originally owned by Cumberland County, the bridge was transferred to the Maine Department of Transportation in 1959.
In 1993, construction began on the higher Casco Bay Bridge; the new bridge is on a new alignment just east of the original bridge, and is also a bascule bridge. During construction of the new bridge, the Million Dollar Bridge was hit by the Liberian Tankship Julie N. on September 27, 1996, and emergency repairs were made. The Casco Bay Bridge opened in 1997.
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