- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) - Maine officials have unveiled a new bridge to the public.

More than 50 residents gathered Tuesday at the new Martin Memorial Bridge in Rumford to watch town officials and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins officially open it.

The bridge is 500 feet long and 32 feet wide, and will stretch through Rumford point.

It was built after the 57-year-old Martin Memorial Bridge was deemed structurally deficient by the Federal Highway Administration in 2012. Collins announced that same year that she had secured a $5.2 million grant from the U.S Department of Transportation to replace it.

The old Martin Memorial Bridge will be torn down by the end of the year. Its replacement is expected to last 100 years.

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