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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013
Victoria Chase
Highway Design Bureau
(603) 271-2121
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
New Castle Public Information Meeting
NH 1B Bridge Over Little Harbor in New Castle-Rye

New Castle-Rye Lift BridgeThe New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will hold a public information meeting on the New Castle-Rye Bridge on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at The Common (Recreation Center), 301 Wentworth Road (Route 1B) in New Castle, New Hampshire. The formal presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m., 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 Golf Course. It connects the communities of New Castle and Rye.

As part of the recommended replacement of the existing bridge, two design alternatives will be presented at the public meeting. The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Coordination with the State Historic Preservation Office on the project is ongoing.

The New Castle-Rye lift bridge was constructed in 1942 as part of the defense of Portsmouth Harbor during World War II. It underwent major rehabilitation in 1975 and 2009. An in-depth bridge inspection in 2011 resulted in a weight limit posting to 15 tons.

Any individuals needing assistance or auxiliary communication equipment due to sensory impairment or other disability, should contact the Bureau of Right-of-Way, NHDOT, PO Box 483, Concord, New Hampshire 03302-0483 – TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964. Notification for the need of assistance should be made at the earliest convenience.

For more information, see the project webpage:

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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