Lightning strikes bridge connecting Maine, NH

Posted June 25, 2012, at 12:39 p.m.
Last modified June 25, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Transportation officials say two-way traffic resumed on a lift bridge between Maine and New Hampshire hours after it was struck by lightning.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge was in lift mode when lightning hit. He says the lift span came down at an uneven angle, causing damage that left a normally underground metal plate jutting out into one of the two lanes.

He also says several gauges were knocked out by the lightning strike at 11:35 a.m. Monday.

No one was hurt.

The Piscataqua River bridge connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, and is getting heavier-than-normal use during demolition of the Memorial Bridge. Police were directing alternating one-way traffic on Monday. Two-way traffic resumed on Monday evening.

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