The bridge was blocked off earlier this year, before it was removed

Nov 15, 2015 12:01 PM

Heavily used pedestrian bridge taken down in Rochester, will eventually be replaced

ROCHESTER - A pedestrian bridge on Route 125 that was deemed unsafe was removed Saturday, but a replacement won't be ready for another month at least.

According to, the bridge was taken down after the state Department of Transportation declared it structurally unsafe, said Public Works Director John Storer.

The bridge crosses over the Cocheco River on Charles Street, alongside Route 125.

“It is exposed to the elements and so rust sets in. We actually believe the pedestrian bridge was added as an afterthought to the road. With the elementary school on Brock Road and people walking or jogging, the bridge gets quite a bit of use," Storer said.

The new bridge is being built by Contech Bridge Solutions in Tennessee and should be finished before the end of December. Installation, however, will depend on local manpower.

"We are hoping to have it in place by the first week of January. With the school kids and plowing coming, we want it replaced as soon as we can,” he said.

Removing and replacing the bridge will cost the city about $250,000.

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