PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The man who designed the replacement Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine says it honors the legacy of the original designer while using many current innovations — but some community members aren’t impressed.

Chief engineer Ted Zoli addressed a public meeting Tuesday night at Portsmouth City Hall. The bridge connecting the city to Kittery, Maine, was closed earlier this year because of safety issues.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Zoli discussed improvements to reduce rust and lauded the work of John Alexander Waddell, who designed the original bridge in 1922.

But some residents felt the new design lacks character. They suggested more lighting and a series of cables along the spans that would be a reminder of the earlier bridge.

The bridge is expected to be completed in 2013.