|For Immediate Release
December 14, 2011
Public Information Office
|Memorial Bridge Replacement Project Set To Begin
Approved $81.4 Million Contract Is Largest Ever By NHDOT
Work is expected to begin soon on the replacement of the Memorial Bridge carrying US Route 1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.
The New Hampshire Governor and Executive Council today approved an $81.4 million contact for the replacement of the 90-year old lift bridge by July 2013.
The design-build contract was awarded to Archer Western Contractors, Ltd. of Canton, Massachusetts on the basis of a "best value" total bid of $81,420,000. New Hampshire and Maine, which jointly own the Memorial Bridge, will share the cost of the bridge replacement project. Selection criteria included technical merit, a price proposal, and a completion date for the project.
The project also includes the replacement of the Scott Avenue Bridge over Daniel Street in Portsmouth and the Kittery Approach bridge over the Piscataqua River in Kittery. Demolition of the existing Memorial Bridge is expected to begin in late January of 2012.