BANGOR — Big steps are being taken in the effort to replace a footbridge in downtown Bangor as crews placed the first two sections Thursday.
Pete Tuell, senior project manager for Haley Ward, which is the company working on the project, said a 2016 study determined the existing structure of the Willard C. Orr Pedestrian Bridge needed to be replaced.
Tuell said it was taken down last spring and preparation began.
According to Tuell, the steel for the new bridge was preassembled.
Once the structure is in place, he said a concrete deck, lighting, and more will be added.
“I think it’s great for the community. People are anxious to get this done. It’s an important link when you think about it,” Tuell said. “When it’s not here, you realize how much you miss it, so I’m quite certain the city and folks are gonna be very happy to have this in place, up and operational.”
Tuell said the bridge is set to be completed by July, but he anticipates it may be done sooner.