June 22, 2018
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Maine, NH governors look for solutions to crumbling bridges

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. The Interstate Route 95 Pascataqua River Bridge is in the foreground, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is in the middle and the Memorial Bridge is at the top. (Photo courtesy of the Maine Department of Transportation)
The Associated Press

KITTERY, Maine — The governors of Maine and New Hampshire are planning to meet next week to discuss bridges between the two states between Kittery and Portsmouth.

The offices of New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch and Maine Gov. John Baldacci say the location of the Oct. 5 meeting hasn’t been decided upon.

The two states share responsibility for three bridges across the Piscataqua River that link the towns. Two of the three bridges need to be replaced or undergo extensive rehabilitation.

At issue are the Memorial and Sarah Mildred Long bridges, which, along with the Interstate 95 bridge, are the only entry points to Maine over the Piscataqua River. Both movable bridges that open regularly for boat traffic; the Memorial and Sarah Mildred Long bridges are badly deteriorated.

Just two years ago, it appeared both could be renovated at a cost of more than $160 million. But in the past 18 months, inspections have concluded the Route 1 Memorial Bridge – the only pedestrian bridge of the three – cannot be saved and has one to three years of life left.

The states are trying to arrange funding.

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