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For Immediate Release
July 7, 2014
Adam Chestnut
Construction Bureau
(603) 427-8050
Bill Boynton
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
Closing Of Maplewood Avenue Bridge In Portsmouth
July 14 Closure To Allow For Full Bridge Replacement

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the planned closure of the Maplewood Avenue Bridge over the NH Route 1 Bypass in Portsmouth. The Maplewood Avenue Bridge will be closed for a full bridge replacement on Monday, July 14, 2014. This closure will apply to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The bridge is expected to be closed until the fall of 2015.

The roadway closure on Maplewood Avenue associated with this project will extend between Cutts Street and the northbound Route 1 Bypass ramps, with Cutts Street and the northbound ramps remaining open to traffic during construction.

A signed regional detour will be in place for the duration of this bridge closure. Motorists on Maplewood Avenue approaching the bridge from the west (Woodbury Ave.) will be detoured onto the Route 1 Bypass southbound, directed to reverse direction at the Portsmouth Traffic Circle, and will be able to access downtown Portsmouth via the existing Maplewood Avenue northbound off-ramp. Motorists on Maplewood Avenue approaching the bridge from the east (Downtown) will be detoured onto the Route 1 Bypass northbound and will be directed onto Market Street to Woodbury Avenue and back onto Maplewood Avenue to reach the west side of the bridge.

Early stage work on the Maplewood Avenue Bridge will concentrate on the demolition of the existing bridge structure. This work will include night operations that will begin on Monday, July 14, 2014 and last approximately a week and a half.

In conjunction with the replacement of the existing Maplewood Avenue Bridge, roadway improvements will be completed on Maplewood Ave. and the Route 1 Bypass as part of this project. In addition, there will be water line improvements on Cutts Street, Alder Way, Kane St, Dennett St, and Maplewood Avenue. These water line improvements will be completed using alternating one-way traffic.

E.D. Swett Inc. of Concord New Hampshire is the prime contractor for the $3.9 million project, which is scheduled to be completed in October 2015.

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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