NH-Maine bridge struck by lightning, no one hurt
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Transportation officials say a lightning strike damaged a lift bridge that connects Maine and New Hampshire, limiting the span to one-way traffic.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge was in lift mode when lighting hit. He says the lift span came down at an uneven angle, causing damage that left a normally underground metal plate jutting out into one of the two lanes.
He also says several gauges were knocked out by the lightning strike at 11:35 a.m. Monday.
No one was hurt.
The Piscataqua River bridge connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, and is getting heavier-than-normal use during demolition of the Memorial Bridge. As of Monday afternoon, police were directing alternating one-way traffic and it was unclear when two-way traffic would resume.