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Orr's Island, Maine: The Cribstone Bridge

A rare design of granite blocks crisscross beneath the asphalt on a historical bridge between islands, allowing ice floes and tidal surges through.

1894 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orr's Island, ME
Rt. 24 between Orr's Island and Bailey's Island.
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Cribstone Bridge.

The Cribstone Bridge

The only one of its kind in the world, this bridge connects Orr's Island to Bailey Island and is built on crisscross blocks of granite with only the asphalt of the road holding it together. The bridge was built in this way to allow strong tidal waters (and ice floes in the winter) to pass through relatively unimpeded. Restored in 2012, the reconstruction followed very strict guidelines to keep the historical integrity of the bridge intact.

[Meg, 08/20/2014]

It can be rewarding -- but risky -- to plan a vacation around visits to historical civil engineering landmarks. Just sayin'.

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