AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Transportation has developed preliminary plans for the proposed replacement of Foss Bridge in Leeds. The bridge carries Route 219 over the Dead River a short distance from the intersection of Routes 219 and 106. Before proceeding with final design work, the department wants to share the work that has been done to date and gather public reaction.

The proposed improvements would replace the existing bridge, which is deficient by today’s standards, and rebuild more than one-quarter mile of Route 219, shifting the center line of the bridge downstream approximately 20 feet and raising the level of the roadway by six to 10 feet. The new bridge, a two-span steel girder structure, would carry two 11-foot wide travel lanes with four-foot shoulders. During construction, a temporary bridge on the upstream side of the existing structure would carry two-way traffic.

MDOT representatives will be at the Leeds Town Office on Community Drive at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, to explain the details of the proposed project, listen to comments and concerns and answer questions.

A plan is available for public inspection at the Leeds Town Office.

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