NH-Maine bridge to close to northbound traffic

Posted July 11, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine, will be closed to northbound traffic for repairs for at least a week.

Officials say drivers will have to find alternative routes starting at 7 p.m. Monday.

The bridge will remain open to vehicles traveling south from Kittery to Portsmouth.

Mark Richardson, Bridge Design Bureau administrator, told the Portsmouth Herald that the decision to partially close the bridge was made based on the deterioration of parts of the fixed truss span on the downstream side of the bridge.

He said further inspections will determine if other repairs are needed.