Artist's rendering of a new bridge as proposed in a privately-funded study, 2013Item 82145 info
South Bristol Historical Society
In 2009 the bridge again became the focus of the town and another long-running controversy began.
The state proposed to replace the bridge, and though many wished that the 1930 bridge could be kept functioning, the real disagreement was over what a new bridge would look like.
A privately-funded engineering study produced a design less intrusive than the one proposed by the state.
In the spring of 2013, the state Department of Transportation was in the process of reviewing the new proposal and many expect that changes will be made to the original design.
Meanwhile, the old bridge still opens and shuts a record 8,000 times each year as the community waits for the final decision.