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For Immediate Release
March 7, 2014
Bill Boynton
Public Information Officer
Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth-Kittery Struck by Ship

At approximately 5:15 AM today (March 7, 2014), a ship struck a pier on the Memorial Bridge that carries US Route 1 between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

The 600-foot long oil tanker "Seapride" was outbound on the Piscataqua River when it struck a pier of the lift bridge.

Preliminary inspections have found no apparent structural damage to the bridge. The fender system designed to protect each bridge pier was damaged. The struck pier was pier 3 on the Maine side of the channel.

The incident has not affected lift operations at the Memorial Bridge and the bridge remains open to motor vehicle traffic.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Maine Department of Transportation engineers are on site to further evaluate the situation.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

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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