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For Immediate Release
April 26, 2019
Bill Boynton, Public Information Officer, (603) 271-6495
Scheduled Openings Begin May 15th for Portsmouth, NH – Kittery, ME Lift Bridges

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces daily scheduled openings for river traffic begin Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Memorial Bridge (US Route 1) and the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge (US Route 1 Bypass) over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

Upon request, the Memorial Bridge will open at 30-minute intervals on the hour and half-hour from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. When requested, the Long Bridge will open at 30-minute intervals (15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the hour), also from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

These scheduled openings will continue through October 31, 2019. Both bridges will continue to open "on call" for commercial vessels in excess of 100 gross tons at all hours, and will open "on call" for other boats between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am.

Ship owners are reminded of the following U.S. Coast Guard regulation, Section 117:11 (33 CFR Chapter 1), which is intended to eliminate unnecessary bridge openings: "No vessel owner or operator shall signal a drawbridge to open for any non-structural vessel appurtenance which is not essential to navigation or which is easily lowered."

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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