April 11, 2013

Tanker that hit Maine-NH bridge is cleared to leave port

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The oil tanker that struck a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine has been given clearance to leave port.

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The tanker Harbour Feature is shown docked in the Piscataqua River after hitting the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H., on April 1.

2013 Press Herald File Photo/Derek Davis

The 473-foot tanker MV Harbour Feature was expected to leave Thursday.

The tanker struck the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on April 1 after breaking away from a pier.

The bridge was damaged and is closed for repair work. Bill Boynton of the New Hampshire  Transportation Department told the Portsmouth Herald preliminary design work on the repair job is under way and workers should arrive in the next couple of days.

He said Cianbro, of Pittsfield, Maine, will do the repairs.

With the bridge closed and the new Memorial Bridge under construction, the only bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, open to vehicular traffic is the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95.

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