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Project: New Castle-Rye 16127 Status: Design
Scope of Work: The project is located in the towns of New Castle and Rye, Rockingham County. The project entails the rehabilitation or replacement of the New Castle-Rye Bridge (No. 066/071) that carries NH1B over Little Harbor, an outlet of the Piscataqua River. The town of New Castle is an archipelago, or series of islands, connected to the mainland via bridges. The bridge is the principal access to the southwest portion of the main island, Great Island. The other access point is via a causeway (also carrying NH1B) to the northwest of Great Island that connects several smaller islands to the mainland and the City of Portsmouth.

The bridge was built in 1941-42 and replaced an earlier drawbridge, which had itself replaced an earlier span. It is located in a tidal area where the water elevation has an eight to nine foot variation between high and low tides. The bridge is comprised of five approach spans and one bascule lift span.

The bridge was rehabilitated in 1975 and additional repairs were made in 1978 and 2010. NHDOT performed and in‐depth inspection of the bridge in 2011; at which time performed some steel repairs. The inspection findings will serve as the basis for developing options for the bridge’s rehabilitation. In the event that rehabilitation is not feasible; the replacement of the bridge is also under consideration.

A Public Advisory Committee was formed in early 2013 to provide guidance to NHDOT and its consultant team in evaluating and selecting a design alternative. This committee is comprised of town officials from New Castle and Rye, emergency responders, abutters and other civic leaders.

Contact: Victoria Chase, P.E.
Telephone: (603) 271-2171
Available Files:


Cultural Resources Coordination
Unites States Coast Guard
PAC/Public Informational Meeting
May 4, 2017
Public Informational Meeting
February 5, 2015
PAC Meeting December 4, 2014
Public Informational Meeting
May 28th, 2014
PAC meeting
April 24, 2014
Public Informational Meeting
January 30, 2014
PAC Meetiing #3
January 9, 2014
Public Informational Meeting
August 14, 2013
PAC Meeting #2
July 23, 2013
PAC Meeting #1
January 24, 2013
Kickoff Meeting
November 20, 2012

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