November 21, 2013

Tidal power might be used for Maine-N.H. bridge

Designers discussing their ideas at a forum in Kittery on Wednesday said tidal power might be used for lighting.

The Associated Press

KITTERY — The team designing a new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine says it’s considering using tidal power for some portion of the bridge’s electrical use.

Designers discussing their ideas at a forum in Kittery on Wednesday said tidal power might be used for lighting. They say they have been in discussions with researchers at the University of New Hampshire about the concept.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Linda Figg of bridge designer FIGG Engineering said the design work is about 30 percent complete at this point, as contractors work toward a fall 2014 or early 2015 start date for the replacement bridge.

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

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