|For Immediate Release
July 18, 2013
Public Information Office
|Ceremony Recognizing New Memorial Bridge Set for August 15
Portsmouth-Kittery Lift Bridge to Open Sooner for Traffic
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration in recognition of the opening of the new Memorial Bridge for Thursday, August 15, 2013 at approximately 10:00 am.
The innovative lift bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine across the Piscataqua River will be opened prior to that date to motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic once final testing has been completed.
The NHDOT continues to work with the contractor, Archer Western, towards the successful completion and opening of the bridge; unfortunately, the opening will not likely occur by the contractual date of July 19, 2013.
"We recognize the need to open the new bridge as soon as possible for the traveling public, as well as the desire of the States of Maine and New Hampshire and the communities of Portsmouth and Kittery to have enough lead time available to hold a celebratory event," says NHDOT Deputy Commissioner Michael Pillsbury.
The August 15 celebration is being planned to highlight the historical link between Portsmouth and Kittery. It will include a procession across the bridge and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley, who was five years old when she cut the ribbon at the original Memorial Bridge opening on August 17, 1923.