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Air Rail Highway Bike/Ped Public Transit


For Immediate Release
February 5, 2012
Bill Boynton
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
Schedule Change for Memorial Bridge Lift Span "Float Out"
Now Set for Tuesday, February 7 Between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM

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 now scheduled to take place during daytime hours on Tuesday, February 7, 2012.

Weather and barge setup permitting, the removal and "float out" of the lift span of the nearly 90-year old lift bridge is expected to take place between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on February 7. The operation 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 at a later time.

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.

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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