BRUNSWICK — The Federal Highway Administration and the Maine Department of Transportation are hosting a public meeting about the environmental assessment for the Frank J. Wood Bridge – which connects Brunswick and Topsham on March 28.

The bridge, built in 1932, has been the subject of extensive review as the FHWA and MaineDOT determine whether they will replace or rehabilitate the aging structure. The 815-foot span has had a weight limit of 25 tons placed on it for over a year.

The meeting, to be held at the Mt. Ararat High School Commons from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature a brief presentation covering the project and the assessment. The assessment is one part of an overall investigation into the impacts the bridge project could have, including the historical, economic, cultural, and traffic impacts.

The ongoing Section 106 historic review process is well underway. The bridge, which was recently determined to be individually eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, is also situated in an area where multiple endangered fish species are known to be found.

The meeting is just one way that the public can comment on the project. Written comments will also be accepted until April 11 either via the website, or by mailing David Gardner, Maine Department of Transportation, Environmental Office, 16 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0016.

For more information, or to view a draft of the environmental assessment, visit