July 2, 2013

NH-Maine bridge opening date expected in few weeks

KITTERY — The contractor working on the new Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine expects to be able to set a date for opening the bridge to traffic within the next several weeks.

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Spectators gather as the final span of the new Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine floats down the Piscataqua River in June.

The Associated Press

The final span is in place at the bridge. Archer Western Contractors is working on balancing the weight of that 2.5-million-pound span with the weight of counterweights. The lift mechanism of the bridge is still being adjusted.

Other work that needs to be done is paving, bridge rail installation, roadway markings, installing signage and other maintenance.

The new bridge is replacing a nearly 90-year-old bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine.

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