Martin’s Point Bridge Replacement

Portland & Falmouth, ME

Aesthetics were a key goal for the Maine Department of Transportation when it developed plans to replace the Martin’s Point Bridge connecting Falmouth and Portland along U.S. Route 1. The goals, according to the department, were to have “the new bridge design address the multimodal needs of the region while visually complementing the bridge’s environmental setting.” To achieve those goals, the design-build team specified New England Bulb Tee (NEBT) girders and a concrete deck using stay-in-place precast concrete forms.

In developing their RFP, MaineDOT worked with a local Advisory Committee in a Context Sensitive Solutions process, according to a spokesperson. The design-build team of CPM Constructors and VHB—Vanasse Hangen Brustlin won the bid with a $23.5 million proposal.

Their proposal “embodies a balanced design that unifies cost-effective concrete bridge construction with simple, smooth, and consistent forms, permitting the bridge to blend into its natural environment and surroundings,” the spokesperson said.

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Projects details

  • PrecasterJ.P. Carrara & Sons, Inc., Middlebury, VT

  • OwnerMaine Department of Transportation

  • Design-Build TeamCPM Construction, Freeport, ME and VHB-Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., Watertown, MA

  • ContractorCPM Constructors, Freeport, ME


  • Structural Precast Elements: 50 NEBT (New England Bulb Tee) precast concrete beams

  • Total Length: 1285' (10 spans of five lines of 6-foot-deep NEBT precast concrete beams)

  • Cost: $23.5 million est.

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