August 17, 2017
The Gut Bridge Project will receive a Merit Award in the ENR New England Region’s Best Project of the Year Competition. The award will be presented to H&H, Ciabro and Maine DOT in December at the publication’s annual banquet. The bridge carries Route 129 and spans the body of water known as “The Gut” in South Bristol, Maine. The road is the only route from the mainland to Rutherford Island, where the US Post Office and the South Bristol Fire Department are located. The movable span is a harp-style bascule, fully counterweighted and driven by two 15 hp motors rotating the span 80 degrees to an open position through a rack and pinion system. The movable span carries two lanes of roadway plus a sidewalk and measures 35 feet in width. The span measures 42 feet 7 inches from centerline of trunnion to toe and spans a 33 foot 6 inch wide channel.