City of Lewiston News and Information

Posted on: March 1, 2018

Beech Street Bridge (Example Pictured) To Be Replaced This Spring


The deteriorated single lane Beech St Bridge providing the only vehicle access from Oxford St to Simard Payne Park over the lower canal is scheduled to be replaced this spring.  The 53-foot span will be replaced with a two-lane bridge on new concrete abutments with a concrete bridge deck.  The new bridge will be a prefabricated truss bridge designed to match the former train trestle on the other side of the park as recommended by the Historic Preservation Review Board.  The bridge is currently being manufactured in Alabama by Contech to be delivered in pieces and assembled on site, then set in place with a  large crane in one piece.  This will speed up the process and allow the entire project to be completed in 8 weeks.

During that 8 weeks for all of April and May, there will be disruptions to Oxford St and access to Simard Payne Park.  A temporary vehicle access to the park for passenger cars only will be installed over the pedestrian bridge on Oxford St with vehicles entering from Cross St. While the Oxford St pedestrian bridge will remain open, it is recommended that people using the park use the Water St bridge to come in on foot. Oxford St will be the staging area for the work, so it will remain closed for the construction period between Chestnut St and just north of Beech St.  Beech St will be closed to thru traffic except for Rails parking access.

The new bridge is planned to be open around Memorial Day, well ahead of the first scheduled event in the park.  This project is a huge step toward future improvements to Simard Payne Park, allowing for expanded activities and events.  It also provides proper access for trucks, cars, and emergency vehicles to access the mill at 35 Beech St and the future Museum LA.  


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