Stackpole Bridge: SAVED! 5/4/15
Saco City Council voted 4 to 3 in favor of rehabilitating Stackpole Bridge! The Friends of the Bridge are grateful for the support of Councilors Bette Brunswick, Eric Cote, Nathan Johnston and Kevin Roche.
Councilors approved awarding the bid to Chesterfield Associates, who submitted an innovative and cost effective rehab. plan in the amount of $839,500, which is $17,100 cheaper than the alternative concrete modular bridge. Work begins this summer!
• DID YOU KNOW? Throughout the world, dry-laid stone structures are celebrated, preserved, and promoted as beautiful and long-lasting structures. Saco citizens can be proud that their city-owned 19th century stone bridge will once again provide daily transportation needs while also serving as a testament to the durability and grace that define stone craftsmanship. Stackpole Bridge IS a driving destination and neighbors are always welcoming to those who stop to see the bridge and walk near the banks.
• A plan to increase public access is in the works! Neighbors are working to devise a safe two-car parking pull off and better steps or a pathway to view the bridge and get down to the arch and stream. Much like a "fresh air museum," visitors are encouraged to get out of their cars and reach out to touch the granite stones while enjoying the rural, pastoral setting that has changed little since the 1700s.
• The non-profit, The Fund for Stackpole Bridge, exists as a separate fund-raising arm that is dedicated to preserving the bridge and providing educational programming.
MAY 4, 2015: The Friends of Stackpole Bridge are optimistic that councilors will consider voting for the rehab. plan that has a low pricetag and meets all of the City's needs and requirements. A rehabbed bridge would fulfill all City bridge requirements: 1) restores 2-way traffic; 2) allows 34 ton emergency trucks to pass; 3) offers a guaranteed 75 year lifespan; 4) improves hydrology and water flow through the renovated and strengthened arch after removal of the steel cribwork installed in 2001 as a "temporary measure."
The Nov. 4th, 2014 citizens' referendum was successful! By a margin of 464 votes, the citizens of Saco approved the bond package for $990,000. Thank you to all residents who voted for this important bridge project.