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Great Works Bridge Project
South Berwick’s current Vine Street Bridge over the Great Works River was
condemned by the State in 2007. Since then, the 1953 bridge and adjacent
roadway have become eyesores and liabilities to the town. Where they once
connected us, now they divide neighborhoods and deprive citizens of a popular
scenic and recreational thoroughfare. A covered wooden bridge will replace this
dead end with a timeless community landmark, linking our unique past with a
proud future. It will restore recreational opportunities for walking, jogging, bicycling,
and enhanced access to Leigh’s Mill Pond and nearby Vaughan Woods.
The planned removal of the latest bridge in 2018 prompted a determined band
of citizens to explore the possibility of funding and building a covered wooden
bridge. They have engaged stakeholders and experts, including Kruger Energy
International (KEI). which owns and operates the hydro dam on which the
bridge rests, the Town of South Berwick, the Timber Framers Guild of North
America, Maine Department of Transportation, and the Eastern Trail. Neighbors
have made generous contributions to support a preliminary report and a conceptual
design drawing that will provide a “launch pad” for this exciting project.
This bridge can only be built with many hands and hearts. From fundraising
and community engagement to research and design‚ there is room and need
for everyone’s talents, interests, and—most of all—energy.Learn more about the project and how you can help please visit www.greatworksbridge.org