Maine Bridge Inspections 

Governor John Baldacci joined transportation officials this morning as they inspected an Augusta bridge with the same deck truss engineering design as the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed last week.

In February a routine inspection was performed on the Augusta Memorial Bridge but Friday inspectors analyzed it again.

Prompted by last weeks collapse in Minnesota the Memorial Bridge is one of six bridges that are being looked over by officials.

Bridge Maintenance Director John Buxton gave a satisfactory rating on this structure Friday.

The 58 year old bridge was rehabilitated last year and officials were not anticipating any deficiencies.

Inspectors intend to give the Governor a full report on all of Maine’s roughly 37-hundred bridges by September.

The Maine D.O.T. plans to spend 133 million dollars to replace or rehabilitate bridges in the next two years.