New Bucksport Bridge - Bucksport, ME

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John M Sullivan on October 14, 2008

Imagine a panoramic 360-degree view from a bridge tower forty-two stories high – one of only three such Bridge Observatories in the world. From the top of the “new” Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory, located in Prospect and Verona Island near Bucksport, Maine on Route 1, you will be able to see beautiful Penobscot Bay as it meets the Penobscot River between Prospect and Verona Island. You’ll have a spectacular view of the Maine coast south to the Camden Hills, East to Mount Desert Island and Northwest to the eastern reaches of the Appalachian trail and Mount Katahdin. You’ll see the picturesque town of Bucksport nestled into the river’s curve and you will be able to look down on the full sweep of historic Fort Knox and marvel at the ingenuity that created this magnificent fort back in 1844. The Observatory is located on the southern end of the bridge in the town of Prospect next to the historic fort.

The new bridge’s Observation Tower is the first such innovation of it’s kind in the United States and only the third in the world. The other two bridges with Observation towers are in Thailand and Slovakia.

While this new bridge is an engineering marvel in itself, it is the bridge’s 420 foot high Observation tower that will bring thousands of curious visitors to this coastal region, bordering the Mid-Coast region and the southern gateway to the Downeast Acadia region. Nestled at the confluence of the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay the Bucksport area depicts a typical Maine rural area, small city surrounded by inland and coastal towns, each offering unique amenities to include; fishing, farming, craftsmanship, independent thinking, colorful vista’s, historic sites, marine trades, a historic movie theatre/museum, and much more.

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