SOUTH PORTLAND – The Veterans Memorial Bridge will close from 7 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday to allow work crews to install drainage pipes.

The work is required as part of the construction of a replacement bridge.

Detour signs will be posted to direct drivers to alternate routes.

The Maine Department of Transportation said construction of a new Veterans Memorial Bridge is on schedule to open this summer. The existing bridge will be removed by the end of the year.

More information and updates on the project are available at