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Air Rail Highway Bike/Ped Public Transit


For Immediate Release
August 7, 2013
Bill Boynton
Public Information Office
(603) 271-6495
New Memorial Bridge Set To Open on August 8
Late Day Traffic Opening Will Follow Public Ceremony

The New Hampshire and Maine Departments of Transportation announce the new Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth, NH – Kittery, ME is expected to be open to public use traffic on August 8, 2013, the same day the project will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and public touring.

The Memorial Bridge will be opened initially for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, followed by the opening to vehicular traffic to be determined for a time later in the day.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:00 am on the Scott Avenue approach to the bridge in Portsmouth. That will be followed by an extended period when pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to tour and walk across the bridge. The safe opening of the bridge to vehicle traffic will be determined in consultation with the contractor and the Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME police departments.

While the bridge is expected to be open to traffic, there remains construction work to be completed on the $81.4 million project. The ongoing work will result in occasional traffic delays and short term bridge access limitations for pedestrians and bicyclist until full project completion in November, 2013. This work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Installation of Memorial Plaques
  • System Operation adjustments
  • Installation of Community Sponsored Bridge Illumination (Aesthetic Lights)
  • Counterweight chain adjustments
  • Installation of a Pier Protection Fender System
  • Completion of Memorial Park

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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