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“One Fine Feat of Civil Engineering”

Bailey Island Bridge (Cribstone Bridge)
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Owner description: Bridge connecting Bailey and Orrs islands.
Reviewed March 18, 2013

This local landmark and historical feat of civil engineering, finished in 1928 and linking Orr's Island and Bailey Island in Harpswell, is properly known as the Cribstone Bridge. Its design and 1,150-foot span allows tides to flow unimpeded through the granite slab cribworks. It's reputedly the only bridge of its kind in the world. There's very limited parking off ME 24 at its northern end. The setting is quintessential coastal Maine. The best times to visit it are early or late in the day. Low tides reveal vestigial beaches with vantage points to either side of the bridge. The drive south to the bridge is pleasant and scenic.

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

The route to the cribstone bridge is a lovely scenic drive and worth the trip. Continue on to the Lands End shop for outstanding views of the ocean!

Thank Barbara R
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Only one in the world and right here on Bailey Island ME! Recently rehabilitated with new guardrail and sidewalk. Don't miss this historical piece of transportation history!

1  Thank gsg1557
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

I always pause to look at this structure inroute to Baileys Island. There is a strong tidal flow and lots of marine traffic. Great photo opps.

1  Thank Doug_Reighley
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

It is an unique bridge that connects Harpswell town's Bailey and Orr's island. The construction is meant to withstand the tides in this area and also looks really cool.

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