Friday, 07 June 2019 18:10

Lawmakers vote to name bridge after Det. Campbell Featured

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AUGUSTA - State senators unanimously passed a measure to honor Maine State Police Detective Benjamin Campbell.

 

The Maine State Senate voted yes on a bill Thursday that would rename a bridge on Route 11 in Indian Purchase Township the "Detective Benjamin Campbell Bridge". The bridge is currently known as the West Branch Bridge.

 

Campbell died in a freak accident on I-95 in Hampden earlier this year, while he was trying to help a stranded driver.

 

On Friday, the bill's sponsor reflected on the vote, and said this is the right thing to do - to memorialize the detective near where his wife and son live in Millinocket.

 

"It's a nice thing to be able to do, as small as it may be," said Sen. Jim Dill, D - Old Town. "People traveling that way, coming down state, they'll be crossing that bridge and there will be a plaque there as well."

 

Sen. Dill said he expects Governor Janet Mills to sign the bill into law next week, and if that happens a renaming dedication ceremony will likely take place this summer on the bridge.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...