Lift span from Maine-NH Memorial Bridge to be removed

Posted Feb. 07, 2012, at 10:38 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 07, 2012, at 2:36 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Demolition crews are set to remove the first major component of the 90-year-old Memorial Bridge between Maine and New Hampshire.

Workers plan to remove the 2-million-pound lift span on Tuesday between 8 p.m. and midnight. It’ll be disconnected from supporting cables and lowered onto a barge.

The Coast Guard has shut down river traffic around the site in the Piscataqua River to facilitate the project.

Over the coming months, workers will continue to dismantle the old U.S. 1 bridge that connects Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, N.H. A new bridge is expected to open in July 2013.