NH-Maine lift bridge stuck in open position

Posted: 01/23/13 at 8:30 pm EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says it has come up with a plan to fix a lift bridge between New Hampshire and Maine that had gotten stuck and caused traffic problems along the seacoast.

Photo Credit: The Portsmouth Patch

Department spokesman Bill Boynton says authorities were performing a routine test on the bridge around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when it failed to close all the way, becoming stuck about a foot over the roadbed.

By Wednesday evening, Boyton said crews had come up with a plan to fix the bridge. Work will start early Thursday morning and is expected to take one to two days.

Boyton said officials don't know whether cold weather contributed to the problem.

The bridge carries the Route 1 Bypass over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, N.H., and Kittery, Maine.


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