Hundreds gather to say farewell to Memorial Bridge

Posted Oct. 02, 2011, at 9:40 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 02, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Hundreds of people gathered to listen to music, dance, reminisce and say farewell to the 88-year-old Memorial Bridge that links Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.

Former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley was among those on hand for Saturday’s festive farewell event, tying a ribbon that signified the closure of the historic bridge in the near future. The 93-year-old Foley cut the ribbon in 1923 that opened the bridge when she was 5 years old.

The bridge has been closed to vehicles since July after it was determined to be unsafe. It is still open to pedestrians and bicycles.

A new bridge is being planned, but it is not expected to open until 2014.