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Bailey Island Bridge, Bailey Island

Categories: Bridges, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
The Bailey Island Bridge is a historic bridge in the town of Harpswell within Cumberland County in the state of Maine.HistoryFor many years, the residents of Bailey Island, Maine, advocated that a bridge be built to connect their island with Orr's Island. The town of Harpswell, Maine, which encompasses both islands, turned down the request. However, when the Maine Legislature drafted a law allowing the state and counties to fund bridge construction, a plan emerged to build such a bridge. A contract was signed in 1926, with construction beginning on the Bailey Island Bridge in 1927 and finishing in 1928. The engineer for the project was Llewelyn N. Edwards, bridge engineer for the Maine State Highway Commission.DesignDesign of the 1,150-foot bridge was complicated by the tides in the area known as Will's Gut. It was decided to build a cobwork bridge, using granite slabs as cribstones, acquired from local quarries in nearby Yarmouth, Maine. The slabs, longer than they are wide, are laid horizontally, first lengthwise, and then crosswise, in several layers. No mortar or cement is used. Granite slabs were considered sufficiently heavy to withstand wind and wave, while the open cribbing allowed the tide to ebb and flow freely without increasing tidal current to any great degree.Some 10,000 tons of granite were used in the project. A concrete road (now part of Route 24) was built on top of the cribstones.
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  • I read that this is the only bridge of its kind in the country but I read another place that it is in fact the only bridge of it's kind in the world! That makes it even more interesting! If you're not...  read more »
  • The entire Bailey island drive is nice, this adds extra. Kinda amazing when you see it. Worth the short drive. If you are hungry and want to see a view across the water. Eat at Cooke's. 
  • This bridge was the view from my room at the Bailey Island Motel. I went on a boat ride under the bridge and was amazed to see all the granite that had been stacked to form the bridge. I was told that...  read more »
  • This is a world-famous bridge. It's said to be the only crib bridge in the world.
  • Nice one
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