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Bailey Island Bridge, Bailey Island

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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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  • This is a attractive bridge spanning Orr's Island and Bailey Island. There is a small area to pull off to take photos and look out at the lobster boats. Nice views from the bridge.  more »
  • Just spent 4 days at Bailey Island Motel (see review) and was lucky enough to see this beautiful Pink Sunset at dawn upon leaving early. The Cribstone Bridge is in the setting, surrounded by water on ...  more »
  • Seen best from the water or from the parking lot at Cook's Restaurant, one can see how the cribbing of enormous granite blocks allowing for exceptionally high tides or storm surges to pass thru them.  more »
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  • This is really very special bridge. The Cribstone construction feels pretty fragile at the first glance, but given the weight of the stones and the construction itself it is safe. Worthwhile checking this out with your own eyes.
  • My Grandfather and Great Uncle helped build this bridge and supplied all the granite blocks from Knight Quarry in Pownal.
  • Beautiful!
  • This is a world-famous bridge. It's said to be the only crib bridge in the world.
  • Nice one