Sarah Long Bridge

NH News
2:11 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

N.H., Maine Reach $1.3M Settlement For Sarah Long Bridge Repairs

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The states of New Hampshire and Maine have reached a $1.3 million settlement with the owner of a tanker that struck the Sarah Long Bridge, forcing it to close for a six-week period last year.

Last April, the Portuguese tanker Harbour Feature broke loose from its mooring, striking the bridge that connects Portsmouth with Kittery, Maine.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the $1.3 million settlement is split evenly between the two states.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Sarah Long Bridge Breaks In Frigid Temperatures

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1/24/13 AP Update: 

Work has started to fix a lift bridge between New Hampshire and Maine that had gotten stuck and caused traffic problems along the seacoast.

The work could take up to two days. Conditions weren't optimal: Workers started at 7 a.m. Thursday in subzero weather. By noon, it got up to 12 degrees in Portsmouth.

Department spokesman Bill Boynton said authorities were performing a routine test on Sarah Long Bridge on Wednesday when it failed to close all the way, becoming stuck about a foot over the roadbed.

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NH News
4:44 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Sarah Long Bridge Side Railings Hazardous

Another bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery Maine is undergoing emergency repairs.

Side railings on the Sarah Long, or Middle Bridge are so rusty; they present a hazard to any vehicle that accidentally slides into them. So, the two states are taking emergency measures to protect motorists.

Bill Boynton, with New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation, says that steel Jersey Barriers will be installed along the length of the 2800 foot span.

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