November 19, 2013

Maine-NH bridge design available for public review

The new bridge connecting Kittery to Portsmouth is expected to cost $160 million.

The Associated Press

KITTERY — The public will have a chance to see the design phase of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine.

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The 473-foot Harbour Feature rests against the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge Monday April 1, 2013 in Portsmouth, N.H. The Coast Guard said the barge somwhow came unattached from the pier and floated free. Following the accident, the tanker was pinned against the bridge with the rising tide of the tidal river.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

AP

A forum 6 p.m. Wednesday in Kittery, Maine, will address the new plans. The bridge designer and contractor will be available.

The current Sarah Long Bridge, connecting Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., on the Route 1 Bypass, is the No. 1 red-listed bridge in New Hampshire.

The $160 million replacement will be located upriver from the existing bridge, is expected to have a 204-foot-long center span. It will be 60 feet above the water, reducing the number of times the span has to be raised by 60 percent.

The forum will be at the Kittery Community Center.

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