|For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013
Highway Design Bureau
|New Castle – Rye Public Informational Meeting
Wentworth Bridge on NH 1B Over Little Harbor
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a public information meeting on the proposed rehabilitation or replacement of the New Castle-Rye Bridge on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at The Common (Recreation Center), 301 Wentworth Road (Route 1B) in New Castle, New Hampshire. The formal presentation will begin at 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm for viewing of the plans.
The New Castle-Rye Bridge, also known as the Wentworth Bridge, is on Route 1B over Little Harbor, next to the Wentworth by the Sea Marina, and connects the communities of New Castle and Rye. The bridge was built in 1942 as part of the defense of Portsmouth Harbor during World War II, and is likely eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
At the public meeting, four design alternatives for the bridge's rehabilitation or replacement will be presented. Public comment on the designs will be welcomed. The NHDOT also will be seeking input on construction schedules, as three of the four alternatives will require the bridge to be closed for several months.
The current bridge replaced a wooden bridge and consists of a steel grated deck that lifts, though it is raised less than ten times a year. The bridge underwent major rehabilitation in 1975 and 2009. In 2011, an in-depth bridge inspection resulted in a weight restriction posting to 15 tons.
For more information on the project, see the project webpage: www.nh.gov/dot/projects/newcastlerye16127/.