Maine, NH sign agreement on bridge funding

Posted March 03, 2011, at 1:02 p.m.

KITTERY, Maine — Transportation commissioners in Maine and New Hampshire have signed an agreement that lays out obligations for two bridges that connect Kittery and Portsmouth.

Commissioners George Campbell of New Hampshire and David Bernhardt of Maine signed the agreement Wednesday in Washington, where they are attending a meeting of state highway officials.

The Memorial Bridge replacement will be funded with $38.5 million apiece from Maine and New Hampshire. Still up in the air is $20 million from the federal government. The Portsmouth Herald says Campbell received assurances that the U.S. Department of Transportation will find a way to keep its promise.

The second of the projects — rehabilitation of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge — will cost $114 million. That project is expected to be funded equally by the states.