New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials have unveiled nearly finalized plans for a new Memorial Bridge in Portsmouth. NHPR correspondent Roger Wood reports.
As proposed, the new bridge will be virtually identical to the deteriorating span that now links Portsmouth with Kittery, Maine. New Hampshire D.O.T. project manager Bob Landry told about 100 people at a public hearing in Portsmouth that the main difference will be the newer materials and techniques to be used for re-construction.
"As you know, it’s a salt environment that we have out there. With jus the air and all the moisture, etc, we want something that will last longer. And that’s where I think some of the new modern materials will help.”
One small change will include widening the bicycle lanes on the bridge. Under the proposal, construction of the estimated $100 million dollar project would begin in April, 2012, with completion by October, 2013. For NHPR News, I’m Roger Wood in Portsmouth.