People build bridges, bridges build communities.
The Great Works Bridge project is a grassroots community effort to build a covered, timber–frame pedestrian and bicycle bridge to span the Great Works River at Vine Street in South Berwick, Maine. By replacing the condemned bridge on Leigh's Mill Pond, this structure will reconnect our community, forge a link between our proud history and our bright future, and create a scenic landmark for South Berwick and the region.
In 2007 life handed South Berwick some good-sized lemons. The State of Maine closed the Varney Bridge due to excessive deterioration, deemed it too expensive to replace, and put it on the list for removal. With neighborhoods divided, recreational routes interrupted, and a new attractive nuisance to manage, a small band of residents decided to make some lemonade.
The vision for the Great Works Bridge can only become a reality with the help of many hands and hearts. We encourage all residents and businesses in South Berwick and beyond to join this effort. There are ways to participate—from becoming a contributor to rolling up your sleeves. If you agree this bridge is a great idea for the town, it's critically important to act now.
In January, South Berwick's Town Council unanimously endorsed the concept of a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Great Works River on Vine Street! Building this bridge will be a journey, but progress is being made on all fronts. Many thanks to the Town Council for this vote of confidence.