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Re: [at-l] Crossing the Kennebec
"... Steve's idea was that a bridge be built across the Kennebec," reports TJ.
MATC is responsible for the river crossing I believe, though the costs are
shared by ATC and maybe the Park Service. Our next board meeting is the first
Friday in November, I think. I don't have an agenda yet, but I suspect the
resignation will be discussed then. Probably contacts with rafting companies are
also underway, since Steve came from the rafting industry, if I remember right.
A bridge has been discussed for years, especially during the negotiations with
the dam owners up stream who need to be relicensed, and thus could be tapped for
The trouble is a bridge would have to be a rather complex engineering structure.
I've heard the figure $1 million bandied about. The main rivers are controlled
by dams but tributary streams dump enormous quantities of water during the
spring snow melt, which means a bridge would have to begin well away from the
water on both ends to avoid ice damage. Over the years some pretty massive
structures have been washed out by tons of ice pushed by flood waters in Maine.
Aside from cost considerations, the consensus until now anyway seems to be that
a bridge sturdy enough to avoid ice damage would certainly conflict with the
desire to keep the trail as wild as possible.