Sarah Mildred Long Bridge

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

 

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan is contributing a commemorative letter about the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge to a time capsule.

The bridge connects the state to Maine. She'll start at the Kittery, Maine, side on Friday, where she plans to highlight the importance of the bridge as a vital economic link for the region and for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The time capsule will serve as a reflection of life in northern New England in 2018 and will be placed at a later time.

Maine DOT

 

A  replacement for a 76-year-old bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine opened to traffic on Friday after months-long delays caused friction between transportation officials and the contractor.

Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replaces an old span that connected Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, along the Route 1 Bypass over the Piscataqua River.

Maine DOT

After more than six months of delays, the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery is scheduled to open this Friday.

The $160 million lift bridge was originally scheduled to open last September.

Ted Talbot, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Transportation says they haven't yet determined who is at fault for the delayed opening.

"What we do at the end of most projects, this one included, we'll sit down with a contractor and identify some key components, some key areas that we need to talk about."

DOT

The Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Transportation just issued an update on the delayed opening of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge: Despite rumors about why it's delayed, the bridge is "operational and safe."

Maine DOT

  

(AP) The Maine Department of Transportation is frustrated over delays in a bridge between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

 

The new Sarah Long Bridge, which is being built at a cost of $170 million, was supposed to open Sept. 1, but there's still no opening date.

 

Ron Taylor from Maine DOT says it's been a very long and challenging process.

 

Maine-based contractor Cianbro is being fined $1,000 for every day it's late. Officials now hope to open for traffic by January.