|For Immediate Release
December 30, 2011
Public Information Office
Project Outreach Coordinator
|Public "Open House" Scheduled For Memorial Bridge Project
Portsmouth-Kittery Bridge Replacement Set To Begin In January
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has scheduled a Memorial Bridge Open House on Thursday, January 12 from 4 to 8 pm at the Portsmouth City Hall Council Chambers.
The purpose of the Open House is to give residents an informal opportunity to ask questions about all aspects of the new bridge’s design and construction, and to meet representatives from the NHDOT and the design-build team for the replacement project.
"The process of removing the Memorial Bridge and building its replacement will be of great interest to many people in New Hampshire, Maine and beyond," says NHDOT Commissioner Christopher Clement. "The New Hampshire Department of Transportation, along with our Maine DOT partner in the project, is committed to getting information out to all interested persons. This event is part of our ongoing efforts to reach out to a broad audience regarding this historic project."
The Open House will be an informal event, with individual tables and displays focused on design, construction timeline and milestones, public outreach, environmental impacts, and the bus shuttle service that will begin when the Memorial Bridge is closed to all traffic on or about January 9, 2012. There will be no formal presentations during the Open House. Interested persons are invited to drop in and leave at any time. Comments will be welcomed in writing as well as verbally.
The Memorial Bridge project will replace the 90-year old lift bridge that carries US Route 1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. Archer Western Contractors, of Canton, Massachusetts is the general contractor for the $81.4 million project, which has a completion date of July 2013 to open the new bridge to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.