|For Immediate Release
December 14, 2010
Public Information Office
|Memorial Bridge Repairs Expected To Take Three Weeks
Work Begins On Portsmouth, NH – Kittery, ME Bridge (US 1)
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces repair work is getting underway on the closed Memorial Bridge that carries US Route 1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.
The bridge repairs will be undertaken by NHDOT Bridge Maintenance personnel. Weather permitting, the repairs are expected to take three weeks to complete. The bridge was closed to motor vehicle traffic on December 9 following reviews of the most recent inspection of the 89-year old structure.
"The decision to proceed with repairs to the Memorial Bridge was made after considerable review, and in consultation with the Maine DOT and our inspection engineers, HDR," said NHDOT Commissioner George Campbell. "This will enable the bridge to be safely reopened to motor vehicle traffic at a three-ton weight limit within three weeks."
The estimated cost of the bridge repair project is about $30,000.
The Memorial Bridge remains open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and lift operations will continue for marine traffic.