Authorities close Maine-NH bridge; repairs uncertain

Posted Dec. 09, 2010, at 10:20 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has closed the aging Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.

Officials say an inspection last week revealed the bridge is no longer safe for cars and trucks. The closure, effective noon Thursday, will remain in effect while officials determine whether it’s cost-effective to make repairs to keep it open until it’s dismantled 18 months from now.

The bridge remains open to bicycles and pedestrians. But cars and trucks must use two other bridges.

Mark Latti from the Maine Department of Transportation says neither state wants to sink a bunch of money into a bridge that’s going to be torn down. A replacement for Memorial Bridge won’t be ready for traffic for at least three years.

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