April 24, 2013

Cost estimate to replace Maine-N.H. bridge is reduced

The Associated Press

KITTERY — The Maine Department of Transportation says the estimated cost of replacing the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Maine and New Hampshire has been reduced to $160 million.

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The 473-foot Harbour Feature rests against the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on April 1 in Portsmouth, N.H., after hitting and damaging it. An estimate of the cost to replace the bridge, which was planned prior to the accident, has been lowered.

The Associated Press

Officials say the original estimate was for $172 million. The department said Wednesday that a team working on the replacement of the bridge has found $12 million in savings.

The new figure includes the cost of the design, engineering, property acquisition and construction of the new bridge.

The bridge across the Piscataqua River between Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., is scheduled to be replaced in 2014. It's currently closed for repairs after an oil tanker hit it. And a new Memorial Bridge is scheduled to open this summer.

The only bridge open between the two communities is the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95.

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