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Maine's Penobscot Narrows Bridge Closes Due to Falling Ice

December 29, 2013

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VERONA ISLAND, Maine — The Penobscot Narrows Bridge will be closed until at least Monday morning after reports of large chunks of ice falling off the cables and damaging cars.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the Maine Department of Transportation will reassess the situation on Monday at dawn to determine when to re-open the bridge. The bridge carries Route 1 and 3 from Verona Island to Prospect.

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Spokesman Todd Talbot says that sheets of ice fell from the top tiers of the bridge and from cables and that at least five cars were damaged by the falling ice. There were no reports of injuries.

Talbot says that 70 percent of the ice on the bridge has fallen off.

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Jim Ridley uses a flashlight to get his mail Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Litchfield, Maine, where he has been without electricity since Monday's ice storm. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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