Date Of Visit: August 2015
While riding around in Maine we came along this cool looking bridge and had to check it out. It is called the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.
This bridge was opened to traffic in 2006. It replaced the Waldo-Hancock Bridge and spans about 2120 Feet across the Penobscot River. The observatory stands at 447 feet and for a small fee, you can take the elevators up to the top of the bridge allowing you some great views.
How Thick Are Those Cables?
One of the things we found to be most amazing is that the entire weight of the bridge and any cars that are on it are supported by cables that are 1/5 “ in diameter. Ok, not one thin strand but 7 of these thin wires are twisted together making up 1 cable. After the 7 are twisted together they are coated with epoxy to prevent corrosion.
We were there in August. There was plenty of parking, restrooms, and areas to sit down and relax. Connected in this same area was Fort Knox. There was a small entrance fee into the bridge parking but you could get a discount if you purchased a bridge/Fort combo. We feel it was well worth it. We did both.