BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Frank J. Wood Bridge spanning Brunswick and Topsham is being posted to a lower weight limit because of recent inspections.

The bridge spanning the Androscoggin River now has a posted limit of 25 tons, Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot said Monday.

The posting does not affect most noncommercial vehicles, while five-axle trucks and other commercial vehicles will follow a bypass detour spanning a mile.

The bridge posting will be in place starting on Thursday.

A regularly scheduled bridge inspection was conducted in June, and those findings prompted a subsequent inspection in early August.

The inspection team of Department of Transportation bridge engineers found rapid deterioration of structural steel, which triggered a drop in the ranking of the bridge deck and superstructure from fair condition to poor condition.

The fast deterioration of the structural steel, particularly in the vicinity of the floor beam ends and connection plates, requires immediate repairs.

This new posting is expected to last for multiple years.

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