December 17, 2017
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Maine, NH settle lawsuit for $1.3 million against ship that damaged bridge

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Photo courtesy of the Maine Department of Transportation | BDN
Photo courtesy of the Maine Department of Transportation | BDN
The Memorial and Sarah Mildred Long bridges, two of the three bridges that link Maine to New Hampshire over the Piscataqua River, need renovation or replacement.

KITTERY, Maine — A lawsuit filed against a cargo ship that struck a bridge connecting Maine and New Hampshire has been settled for $1.3 million, the Maine Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The vessel, the MV Harbour Feature, struck the Sarah Mildred Long bridge spanning the Piscataqua River on April 1, 2013.

Maine and New Hampshire filed a lawsuit in federal court in New Hampshire against the vessel, and both states and the ship settled the claims to cover the costs of repairing the span, according to the MDOT.

The accident substantially damaged the bridge. The MDOT said both states, which split the settlement money evenly, are satisfied with the outcome.

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