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Milo snowmobile bridge unsafe for ATVs

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 18, April 29, 2003

MILO All-terrain vehicle riders are being warned to stay clear of the 200-foot-long cable suspension bridge that crosses the Sebec River.

The bridge, part of ITS 83 and owned by the Milo Devils Sledders Snowmobile Club, is under repair and is dangerous to cross, even for walkers, according to the club's treasurer, Karl Matson of Milo.

According to Matson, there has been vandalism to the bridge since the snow melted. It is suspected that someone continues to cut padlocks on chains - installed to prevent trespassers from crossing the bridge -allowing passage by ATVs.

Milo Police Chief Todd Lyford said he has been investigating the ongoing problems with vandals, but is concerned with getting the message out that the bridge is not safe to cross.

Designed in 1993 by Civil Engineering Services of Brewer and funded by the snowmobile club, the hemlock bridge is facing wear and tear, as well as rotting planks. Matson said that someone's foot went through the planks as they were walking across the bridge last summer.

"We want the public to know this bridge is closed for everybody's safety," Lyford said.

Matson said, in addition, ATVs are not allowed use of the bridge, because of the destruction the vehicles cause to private land, the owners of which may not want the vehicles to cross their property.

He is working to replace 75 hemlock planks with pressure treated materials this summer.

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