The Sagadahoc Bridge can best be viewed from the Bath Maine Waterfront park or the Kennebec Tavern Restaurant and Marina. You can enjoy stunning views of the bridge outside on the deck or inside the dining room. The bridge is a beautiful giant standing guard over the mighty Kennebec River in a portion of the river called Long Reach.
The 0.56-mile Sagadahoc Bridge, completed in 2000, carries U.S. Route 1 across the Kennebec River between the Town of Woolwich and City of Bath in Sagadahoc County, Maine. The bridge replaced the two-lane Carlton Bridge, opened in 1927. The Sagadahoc Bridge, the first design-build project ever undertaken by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), provides four traffic lanes, a six-foot wide breakdown/bicycle lane, and a six-foot wide barrier-protected sidewalk. “(You’re) able to walk shore to shore. The bridge also provides 75 feet of vertical under-clearance for river traffic and boasts the longest pre-cast concrete segmental span (421 feet) in North America.
Naming the bridge was a joint effort by the town and city. First, the public was invited to submit prospective names to the Bath City Clerk or Woolwich Town Clerk. A naming committee, comprised of five persons from each municipality (appointed by the Woolwich Board of Selectmen and Bath City Council), narrowed the field down to six choices. Large jars, labeled with the candidate names, were placed in public buildings. Residents were encouraged to vote for their preferred name by putting a penny into the corresponding jar. In the end, the name chosen was “Sagadahoc”, meaning “mouth of river”. The City Council of Bath and the Board of Selectmen of Woolwich confirmed the choice, and once approved by the State Legislature, Sagadahoc Bridge became the official name.
Thank you to the Maine DOT for the information provided above.
Below is a Utube video of the history of the Sagadahoc Bridge.
The bridge has earned four awards, including the Design Build Institute of America’s 2001 Design Build Excellence Award. http://www.figgbridge.com/sagadahoc_bridge.html
For information on the construction of the Sagadahoc Bridge visit this sight. http://www.gerwick.com/menu/project/bridgesandbridgefoundations/Documents/Bath%20Woolwich%20Bridge.pdf