New Maine-NH bridge could use toll to pay costs

Posted Nov. 05, 2010, at 3:57 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials from Maine and New Hampshire seeking ways to pay for new bridges across the Piscataqua River between the two states are considering a toll or another dedicated funding source.

The Bi-State Bridge Funding Task Force met Thursday in Portland to look for ways to pay to replace or rehabilitate the Memorial and Sara Mildred Long bridges between Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H.

The task force has until Dec. 15 to find a way to replace the Memorial Bridge and either replace or rehabilitate the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

The Portsmouth Herald says the task force also is looking for a maintenance plan for those bridges and the Piscataqua River Bridge that carries Interstate 95.

The two older bridges are deteriorating.

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