The New Hampshire Department of Transportation and Maine's DOT have annnounced the bridge is closed to cars for safety reasons.
NH inspectors say two gusset plates that connect beams and trusses to load bearing columns need to be repaired before the bridge is safe for cars. Department of Transportation Spokesman Bill Boynton says officials in NH and Maine are reviewing their options.
"We don’t want to put good money after bad, but we also know that this bridge is important down there, so we are trying to do whatever we can’t o get it reopened down there."
The jointly-owned bridge, which remains open for pedestrians and cyclists, is slated for replacement, but that could take until 2015. Last year, bridge was closed for five weeks for gusset plate repairs. When it reopened, its load limit was dropped from 10 tons to three tons.