Casco Bay Bridge

What Happens If the Casco Bay Bridge in Portland Gets Stuck and Can’t Open for an Oncoming Tanker?
Did you know that our Portland harbor is the second-largest tonnage seaport in New England and the second-largest oil port on the East Coast? We have a lot of BIG ships that enter our harbor. These tankers are 550 feet long and weigh 23,000 TONS. That's a lot of momentum, so, it's NOT that easy to just hit the breaks and stop if you need to. So. what happens if the tanker is headed under the Casco Bay Bridge and the bridge won't open? Maybe you've been stuck on the bridge before. Believe me, it's WAY more disconcerting if you're piloting a tanker and the bridge gets stuck!. That's where Portland's fantastic tugboats come in. The tugs meet the tankers about 3 miles out and guide them in. These people are pros and are ready for anything. If they are approaching the Casco Bay Bridge and it gets stuck (and it happens), then these men and women spring into action. Someone jumps from the tugboat over to the tanker and they tie a line together. Then they use the tugboat's 6,000 horsepower engines to try and slow down and guide the tanker. Keep in mind the tankers are 100 times heavier than the tankers. Talk about nerve-racking!
Casco Bay Bridge Night Work Begins This Week
avel over the Casco Bay Bridge a couple times every day and I very rarely get stuck with it up. When I do, I take advantage of the few extra minutes to grab a coffee at Dunkin there in Mill Creek. That said, maintenance can be disruptive.Bridges need sealing against water and salt and according to the Portland Press Herald, next week the overnight work will begin from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m..
Mainers, Watch Out for Spring Wildlife!
On my way into work last week I was waved to a halt on the Casco Bay Bridge by two nice ladies helping a mama duck and her nine ducklings cross to the water. I was so touched to see the little family getting an assist by human friends. The little ones couldn't make it up onto the curb to follow mama, but the good citizens helped them...