We want to visit the Wire Bridge in New Portland . . .
Photo courtesy of Wire Bridge Photography
The Wire Suspension Bridge spanning the Carrabassett River in New Portland is a unique structure, the lone survivor of four bridges built in Maine in the 1800’s. The bridge is probably the only one of its kind still standing in the U.S. The span between the towers is 198 feet. The towers are constructed of timber framing and protected by cedar shingles. The bridge was renovated in 1961, when the tower bases were capped with concrete, the towers rebuilt and steel suspension rods replaced by steel cables. A new timber deck was also installed; however the framing timbers and main support cables are all original materials. Head to New Portland on ME-146 and follow signs to see this one of a kind Suspension Bridge!