November 4th, 2014 City of Saco Citizens' Referendum Stackpole Bridge Bond Package
Please be sure to vote YES on November 4th, 2014 in support of the $990,000 bridge bond.
If the bond vote is successful, the city can pursue the most economically prudent and fitting plan for rehabilitating OR replacing Stackpole Bridge. A yes vote is critical to the re-opening of Simpson Road which has left FIVE Saco homeowners "cut -off," with a 6.5 mile detour as well as reliance on Buxton fire and rescue departments for emergency response situations (since May 2013).
The Friends of Stackpole Bridge are confident a rehabilitation of the historic bridge can be achieved for the same price as a concrete replacement. We have secured the professional opinion and expertise of Maine bridge engineers (CPM Constructors, June 2014) who have assessed the bridge and deemed the structure worthy of rehabilitation for 1 million dollars or LESS. This rehabilitation price would result in a bridge with two-lane traffic restored and a load capacity able to accommodate 34 ton fire ladder trucks.
Most importantly, the rehabilitation would keep the historic features of this one-of-a-kind stone bridge preserved for generations to come. Another 100 years of use is a realistic estimate!
A separate non-profit, The Fund for Stackpole Bridge, has been created to help raise funds for any additional needs related to the rehab. effort, and to increase public access (parking, stairs, vegetation control) to the bridge and surrounding environs. Historic signs and educational outreach materials are also needed.
Come visit the bridge if you have not done so yet! Take a walk in the country and enjoy historic Simpson Road, part of the Saco River Corridor. Bicycles and motorcycles can still access the bridge for a through-drive to Salmon Falls and Rt. 117.
PREVIOUS BOND VOTE: JUNE 2013 June 2013: Election Results: Our bond has failed 742 in favor and 971 against.
Many thanks to all our supporters. In spite of all your enthusiasm for saving Stackpole Bridge, the bond issue was defeated. All our hard work did not dispel some unfortunate conceptions, especially that City funds exist for a replacement bridge, or that re-opening Lord Rd. is an cheap and easy alternative. At this time, it appears that Simpson Road will remain two dead ends for a long time, but the bridge will remain as is. Stop by this summer to enjoy the bridge and brook: the bridge is still open for foot and cycle traffic.