PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The demolition process has begun for the historic Waldo-Hancock Bridge, which has sat neglected since it was shut down six years ago over the Penobscot River.
The bridge was an engineering marvel when it opened in 1931, connecting the towns of Prospect and Verona and serving as a gateway to eastern Maine.
Now, the peeling, rusting bridge stands next to its replacement, the even bigger and more impressive Penobscot Narrows Bridge. It opened in 2006.
Crews arrived this week to prepare the site for the nine-month, $5.3 million demolition project.
Residents say the end of the bridge will mark the end of an era. The job is expected to be completed by the end of June.
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