|For Immediate Release
December 18, 2010
Public Information Office
|Memorial Bridge To Reopen Today Following Repairs
Portsmouth, NH – Kittery, ME Bridge (US 1) Over Piscataqua River
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces repair work on the closed Memorial Bridge that carries US Route 1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine has been completed and the bridge is scheduled to be reopened to motor vehicle traffic at 12:00 pm today (12/18).
The Memorial Bridge was closed to motor vehicle traffic on December 9.
"Dedicated bridge maintenance personnel and dry weather have allowed the reopening of the Memorial Bridge to occur much quicker than anticipated," says NHDOT Commissioner George Campbell. "These crews have worked long days to make sure the Memorial Bridge is safe to reopen. We are also pleased that businesses and residents on both sides of the Piscataqua River will once again have all three Portsmouth-Kittery bridges in full operation."
The Memorial Bridge will be reopened at the previous three-ton weight limit. The sidewalk on the upstream side of the bridge will remain closed for a couple of days to complete non-structural work, while the sidewalk on the downstream side of the bridge will remain open. Lift operations will continue for marine traffic.