Brand New NH Lemon Bridge

Brand New NH Lemon Bridge

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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Aug 14, 2013
Brand New NH Lemon Bridge

PORTSMOUTH — The Memorial Bridge gate stopped operating for about 20-30 minutes Sunday afternoon, but the problem was fixed and normal traffic over the bridge resumed, according to police and a representative of Archer Western Contractors, the company hired for the project.
Carol Morris, spokeswoman for the company, said there was some kind of "an electrical short" Sunday which caused the problem.
But Morris said the short is part of the "normal" process of operating a new bridge.
"This is part of what happens when you start up with a new piece of machinery," she said. "It's important to let people know these things will occur."
She said working out all the kinks may take a couple of months.
"That's why someone's on call 24/7," she said. "Even if it's the weekend or the middle of the night."
The bridge connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Aug 14, 2013
from the Memorial Bridge contractor anytime soon.

According to Bill Boynton, the state agency's public information officer, a final decision on whether to charge Archer Western Contractors for the fine will not be made until later this fall.

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Boynton wrote in an e-mail that the contractor still has some work to complete around the Scott Avenue approach area and on the Kittery, Maine side of the new $81.4 million span. Once the contractor has finished everything, Boynton said a decision would be made.

Archer Western Contractors delivered the new Memorial Bridge project 19 days past the July 19th deadline and was charged $25,000 per day, according to the terms of the contract between the contractor and the state agency.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#3 Aug 14, 2013
The 72-year-old Sagamore Bridge is set to be closed Oct. 15 for replacement.

"The steel is deteriorating," Public Works Director Peter Rice told the City Council last week. "It's beyond its life."

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The bridge is part of Route 1A. The Golden Egg breakfast place is located on the southern side.

The new,$8 million bridge will retain the look of the current one, Rice said, adding it will be about 8 feet wider to better accommodate bicyclists. The new bridge will also be about 3 1/2 feet higher over the water.

The increased height concerned City Councilor Jack Thorsen, as the bridge is a popular spot for people to jump off into the water below at high tide.

The new bridge is set to be completed sometime in the spring of 2015. Boat traffic will still be allowed during construction, Rice said.

He said in the next five years, Portsmouth will have replaced nine bridges.

Last week, the new Memorial Bridge opened to traffic. Next year, the Sarah Long Bridge is set to be

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