|For Immediate Release
May 16, 2014
Bridge Maintenance Bureau
Public Information Office
|Scheduled Openings Begin for Portsmouth, NH - Kittery, ME Lift Bridges
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces daily scheduled openings for river traffic began May 15, 2014 at the Memorial Bridge (U.S. Route 1) and the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge (U.S. Route 1 Bypass) over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.
The Memorial Bridge will open at 30-minute intervals on the hour and half-hour from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Long Bridge will open at 30-minute intervals (15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the hour), also from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
These scheduled openings will continue through October 31, 2014. Both bridges will continue to open "on call" for commercial vessels in excess of 100 gross tons.
Ship owners are reminded of the following U.S. Coast Guard regulation, Section 117:11 (33 CFR Chapter 1), which is intended to eliminate unnecessary bridge openings: "No vessel owner or operator shall signal a drawbridge to open for any non-structural vessel appurtenance which is not essential to navigation or which is easily lowered."