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Temporary bridges now open on Highway 27; traffic patterns return to normal

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Two temporary bridges on Highway 27 opened to the public on Tuesday night, restoring normal traffic patterns to the route after the original bridges were washed out during Hurricane Irene. Workers from the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) and Reed & Reed Construction worked 14 hour days to complete the temporary bridges in just over one week.  

Visitors are now able to travel to the Sugarloaf area without detours, both from the north and the south. 

“On behalf of the entire Sugarloaf community, we would like to thank the DOT, Reed & Reed, and many others for their diligent work on this project over the past week,” Sugarloaf General Manager John Diller said. “Highway 27 is a critical route for Sugarloaf and for the surrounding towns, and with the temporary bridges in place guests can use regular travel routes to visit the area during the fall foliage season.”  

According to the DOT, work on permanent replacement bridges on Highway 27 is targeted to be complete by November 18 – the projected opening date for skiing and snowboarding at Sugarloaf Mountain. 

Resort operations have continued as normal since Hurricane Irene. All 18 holes at the Sugarloaf Golf Club are open and all conferences, weddings, scenic lift rides, and zipline tours are operating as scheduled. 

Sugarloaf guests should direct any questions or concerns to 800-THE-LOAF or info@sugarloaf.com. Any media inquiries for Sugarloaf should be directed to Ethan Austin at 207-237-6899 or eaustin@sugarloaf.com.