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For Immediate Release
February 2, 2012
Bill Boynton
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
"Float Out" Planned For Memorial Bridge Lift Span
Demolition Milestone Set For Night Of February 6

The first major event associated with the demolition of the Memorial Bridge that crosses the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine is scheduled to take place during the evening hours of Monday, February 6, 2012.

Weather permitting and barge setup, the removal and “float out” of the lift span of the nearly 90-year old lift bridge is expected to take place between 8:00 PM and Midnight on February 6. The operation as high tide approaches (10:34 pm) will involve the use of a barge upon which the estimated two million pound truss lift span will rest after it is disconnected from cables that support it. The barge will then be floated out of the channel, secured near the New Hampshire shoreline, and then floated down the Piscataqua River early Wednesday morning (2/8).

The public is welcome to observe the lift span removal and “float out” operations from safe nearby locations. While the work zone itself is not open to the public, good views can be obtained from Prescott Park, Badger Island, Four Tree Island, and Peirce Island. Interested persons are asked to be especially careful when driving near the bridge location as an increased number of pedestrians are expected.

Archer Western Contractors, of Canton, Massachusetts is the general contractor for the $81.4 million project, which has a completion date of July 2013 to open the new bridge to vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

For updates on the Memorial Bridge project, visit or call 1-855-DOT-RIDE.

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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