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Martin's Point Bridge Replacement Project Website

Modeled photo of proposed bridge
Top photo: Proposed bridge. Bottom photo: Existing bridge.
Photo of existing bridge structure

The Martin's Point Bridge, joining the Town of Falmouth and the City of Portland on US Route 1 along Maine's southern coast, is now being replaced. The new bridge will be designed and built by the Design-Build Team of CPM Constructors and VHB - Vanasse Hangen Brustlin. The Team won the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) bid with a proposal of $23.5 million. CPM is headquartered in Freeport.

In developing their Request for Proposal, MaineDOT worked with a local Advisory Committee in a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process. This is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in providing a transportation facility that fits its setting. The committee expectations were that the new bridge design address the multimodal needs of the region while visually complementing the bridge's environmental setting.

Based on this, the CPM/VHB Design-Build Team's proposal for the structure embodies a balanced design that unifies cost-effective concrete bridge construction with simple, smooth and consistent forms, permitting the bridge to blend into its natural environment and surroundings. The Design-Build Team's intensive focus on eliminating clutter results in a light, clean, and open look throughout the structure. The shadow created by the deck overhang, as well as the natural contour of the beams, will reduce the perceived structure depth and convey a trim, tactile quality to the bridge as it reaches up and over Casco Bay.

For more information and questions, please contact Carol Morris, Public Outreach and Information on the project, at cmorris@morriscomm.net or 207-329-6502.