Topsham riverbank and Summer Street houses from the Frank J. Wood Bridge
Main(e) Street Bridge Project
The Maine Department of Transportation has determined that the Frank J. Wood Bridge (also known as the "Green Bridge") that links Main Street in Topsham to Maine Street in Brunswick, is in need of complete rehabilitation or replacement. In August 2016, Maine DOT posted a 25-ton weight limit for the bridge and undertook significant temporary repairs in November 2016 that closed one lane of the bridge - from Brunswick to Topsham - for several weeks. During that time, northbound traffic to Topsham was diverted to the Route 196 connector over the Merrymeeting Bridge.
Planning is under way for a more permanent solution. The Federal Highway Administration is conducting a Section 106 review to determine the historic significance of the Frank J. Wood Bridge and the environmental impact (among other considerations) of various options, including a rehabilitation of the existing bridge and the construction of a new bridge. In the meantime, the Maine DOT is developing preliminary designs for a new bridge that would be located slightly upstream of the current bridge, closer to the dam. Unlike the Frank J. Wood Bridge, which caused a realignment of Main Street in Topsham and of Maine Street in Brunswick in 1932, the proposed replacement will land at the same locations as the current bridge. A Design Advisory Committee comprised of citizens from Topsham and Brunswick provided input to the Maine DOT as it explored the feasibility of a potential replacement span. Click here for the "Preliminary Report on Design Recommendations" issued by that committee.