TRENTON – Winter storms took their toll on the Trenton Bridge on Route 3.
The bridge is the only access onto Mount Desert Island.
The Maine Department of Transportation has been monitoring ongoing natural erosion but officials said the problems got worse sooner than expected because of storms with heavy rain and high storm surge.
MDOT Transportation Resource Manager Shawn Davis, said “Very recently when you had that prominent erosion where it kind of interceded into the shoulder that it exposed three guardrail posts which does become more problematic should we happen to have a strike there and additionally when you start losing shoulder pavement if you happen to have an errant vehicle or someone that pulls over in the breakdown lane or a plowtruck trying to push back the shoulder that’s when it’s an issue.”
Earlier this week the Maine Department of Transportation put a temporary fix in place. They said the guardrails are now shored up and they consider the the bridge to be safe and passable at it’s entire width.
Officials said they are working on a design for a permanent solution that will be put in place within a year.