April 30, 2013

Maine, N.H. to apply for federal grant to replace bridge

The Associated Press

KITTERY — Maine and New Hampshire are planning to apply for a $25 million federal grant to replace a bridge that's been damaged by an oil tanker.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the states will apply for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover grant for the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. It's the same grant they successfully received for the Memorial Bridge, which is under construction and is expected to open this summer.

The total cost estimate for replacing the bridge has been lowered to $160 million. The replacement project is expected to begin next year and be complete by 2017.

The bridge, which connects Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., has been closed for repairs since it was struck by a tanker on April 1. The bridge is expected to reopen by May 25.

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