Bills to help Kittery, NH businesses in wake of Memorial Bridge closure

Posted Oct. 19, 2011, at 11:36 a.m.

KITTERY, Maine — Maine legislators are working on bills aimed to help local businesses affected by the shutdown of the Memorial Bridge, which connected the state to New Hampshire.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported one bill allows signs along Interstate 95 for businesses in Kittery. The signs are expected to provide directions to locations that are no longer accessible by the bridge, which spanned Kittery and Portsmouth, N.H.

The other bill allows shuttles from New Hampshire to Maine using the COAST bus system out of New Hampshire.

The 88-year-old bridge closed permanently to vehicular traffic on July 27 following an inspection that revealed it was no longer safe.

A new bridge is not expected to be in place until 2014.

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