ALBION — Motorists are facing a long detour after the Maine Department of Transportation decided Wednesday to close Puddle Dock Bridge after it failed a routine inspection.

The DOT in a notice it released of the closing did not give a reason for why the bridge failed the inspection, but it’s an aging span — it was built in 1933 — and was already scheduled to be replaced in 2025.

The small bridge carries traffic traveling along South Freedom Road over Fifteenmile Stream. It’s just north of Knights Road.

Approximately 400 vehicles cross the bridge on an average day, the DOT said.

A detour using state roads is about 12 miles long, according to the DOT, which gave no indication how long it may be closed.

The state plan to replace the bridge is expected to cost about $2.7 million.

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