PORTLAND

Accident on Tukey’s Bridge causes delays, backs up southbound traffic

An accident combined with an unusually heavy volume of southbound traffic caused delays for motorists who used Tukey’s Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

State Trooper John Kyle said a two-car collision on Tukey’s Bridge forced police to close one lane of southbound traffic just before 2 p.m.

The accident, along with construction work taking place in the area, caused traffic to back up.

“We’ve noticed that the traffic volume has been very heavy this summer, especially on Fridays and Sundays,” Kyle said. “It also doesn’t help that all this construction work is happening at the same time.”

FALMOUTH

Town Council will hold public hearing tonight on plan for new town center

The Falmouth Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight for residents who want to weigh in on a proposal to develop a new town center on the campus of the Lunt/Plummer-Motz schools.

The 7 p.m. hearing at Town Hall is a prelude to a Sept. 13 vote where councilors will be asked to develop the language for a November referendum ballot question.

The ballot question would likely ask voters to approve and fund a project that would convert the schools into a library, town hall and community center.

BOSTON

Huge fire burns abandoned complex in Roxbury; 160 firefighters respond

A huge fire has burned an abandoned industrial complex in Boston.

No one was hurt in the blaze, which firefighters said was bigger than any they had seen in 20 to 30 years.

Fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald says crews were called to the fire in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The blaze was so large that officials called in 160 firefighters from around the city to battle it.

Boston District 7 Fire Chief Erik Pettaway recently updated a firefighting plan for the long-abandoned complex. Part of the plan called for firefighters to stay out of the building. He was pleased the plan was followed, because sections of the building collapsed.

Firefighters poured water on the building all night.

DURHAM, N.H.

States’ fisheries for spiny dogfish closing Wednesday until springtime

The fisheries for spiny dogfish in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut are closing on Wednesday.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said the allowable Northern Regional quota for the season is nearly reached.

The fisheries are expected to reopen no later than May 1.