Saco Island Multimodal Bridge Concept Plan

The City of Saco (“City”) seeks proposals from qualified firms to create a feasibility and concept plan for a multimodal bridge across the Saco River and its scenic falls parallel to the railroad tracks between Saco and Biddeford. This bridge would be an extension of the Saco/Biddeford RiverWalk Trail connecting the Saco Transportation Center to the planned Pearl Street Riverfront District in Biddeford, and will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, and possibly support transit shuttle service between Saco and Biddeford. Completing this bridge is a major step in creating a Transit Oriented Development hub in Saco and Biddeford as part of regional efforts supported by PACTS, BSOOB Transit, NNEPRA and private development partners. The proposed bridge is intended to be an iconic destination for the region, supporting transportation and recreation in the robust downtowns and mill districts in Saco and Biddeford.

The conceptual bridge design will help illustrate the benefits of a new link over the river and provide a roadmap to final construction. This concept plan will help design a construction-ready multimodal crossing at this location and help leverage matching state, regional and federal funding for construction, including Federal Transit Authority funding, and other sources of transportation funding that may be accessible through PACTS and MaineDOT.

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