VERONA ISLAND — The 86-year-old Waldo-Hancock Bridge that spans the Penobscot River in the shadow of its modern replacement is coming down.

Maine transportation officials say removal of the suspension bridge linking Verona Island and Prospect is expected to begin in the late summer, more than five years after the Penobscot Narrows Bridge opened.

The $7.6 million removal project is expected to take nearly a year, with the bulk of the dismantling occurring next fall and winter in order to minimize effects on endangered fish and birds that live and breed on or below the bridge.

Douglas Coombs, assistant project manager with the Maine Department of Transportation, tells the Bangor Daily News the agency plans to solicit bids for the project in mid-June with prep work beginning by mid-August or early September.

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