Maine Bridge Reopens A Year After Closing Down 

YORK, Maine (AP) — An old wood-piling bridge in southern Maine has reopened after being shut down for a year to be reconstructed.

The Portsmouth Herald ( ) says Sewall’s Bridge over the York River in York opened to traffic on Friday.

The new bridge replicates the features of the former bridge, with 13 pier structures and a 30-foot navigational channel for marine traffic. The span is about 250 feet long and cost about $3.4 million to build.

Friday’s ceremonies included a ribbon cutting by descendants of the family of Samuel Sewall, who built the original bridge in 1761.

During construction, traffic was detoured about four miles to cross the river.