PORTLAND — The Maine Department of Transportation has launched a new website as a way to communicate with the public during the construction phase of the Veterans Memorial Bridge replacement project.

Motorists or persons interested in getting updates about detours or construction progress on the $63 million project, which begins in June, may go to www.VeteransMemorialBridge.org.

The new bridge will open to traffic in the summer of 2012, at which time the old bridge will be removed. The bridge connects Portland and South Portland and runs parallel to Interstate 295.

Disruption to traffic is expected to be minimal as the existing bridge will remain open to traffic during construction.
Reed & Reed, a Woolwich-based contractor, has been hired by the state to replace the bridge.