Final Section Of Memorial Bridge In Place

Jun 17, 2013

The final section of the Memorial Bridge is in place.
Credit Roger Wood

The final section of the New Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine is now in place.

It took less than half an hour to float the center span down the Piscataqua River from the New Hampshire State Pier. 

That’s where construction crews built all the new bridge parts for the new span.  After tugboats pushed the section into place, crews began the work of connecting it with the other finished sections of bridge. 

Scott Dennett, a Portsmouth native, has been documenting the entire bridge building process with his camera.

‘It’s wider; it’ll be more pedestrian friendly.  It’ll be bicycle friendly.  So, and, it’s desperately needed by the people that live in the businesses in Kittery.”

Archer Western Contractors, the company building the $89 million dollar bridge, expects to complete the project in the middle of July, reopening it to all traffic.  This week, the bridge is closed to river traffic.