The Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery Maine may be opened much earlier than expected.
NHPR Correspondent Roger Wood reports.
Department of Transportation Commissioner George Campbell says Memorial bridge should be re-opened within the next three weeks. Campbell says that deteriorating gusset plates, metal plates that help support the structure will be replaced on both the New Hampshire and Maine sides of the span. He says that the work will be done by D.O.T. crews.
“The bridge maintenance people know this bridge extremely well, and they are able to cut out the parts that we need, and do the welding that we need for this project.”
The project is expected to cost less than $30 thousand dollars, and the cost will be divided equally between the two states. When complete, the bridge will remain posted at a 3 ton weight limit, the same limit that existed before it was closed last week.
For NHPR News, I’m Roger Wood in Portsmouth.