Construction will begin on Tuesday to replace the Wilson Street Bridge in Brewer, which is a first step for the I-395/Route 9 Connector.

The Maine Department of Transportation says work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 18th, with an estimated completion date of November 1st, 2021. The Wilson Street Bridge carries Route 1A over I-395, and is the first phase of the Maine DOT's I-395/Route 9 Connector project.

The project has been more than 4 years in the planning, with many informational meetings and discussions with residents about how it will affect, not only the flow of traffic on Wilson Street, but also the amount of traffic in some residential neighborhoods. Officials say this project will complete the 'missing link' between I-395 and Route 9. The new road will improve connectivity, mobility, and safety in the region, according to a release from the MDOT, providing economic benefits to both the Bangor area and the entire state of Maine.

The contractor on this project is Wyman & Simpson, Inc. out of Richmond and the contract amount is $10,744,239.00.

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