New Sarah Long Bridge Closed to Traffic

Apr 30, 2018

The new Sarah Long Bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, is closed to traffic, just a month after it opened.

Crews will be working at high altitudes on the bridge’s four lift towers from April 30th to May 6th.

Ted Talbot, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Transportation, says the work has been anticipated for a long time and is not an indication of any problems with the new bridge.

“Initially, we were hoping we’d be able to do some of this work with some lane shifts. But because of the high altitude and really because of the nice weather we’re going to have this week, we identified this week as a good time for closure to really finish up all the work that needs to happen.”

The new Sarah Long bridge opened for the first time just a few weeks ago.

Talbot says it's expected to be reopened to traffic sometime after sunset on Sunday, May 6th.