MDOT Frustrated By Maine-NH Bridge Delays

Dec 4, 2017

KITTERY, Maine - The Maine Department of Transportation is frustrated over delays in a bridge between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
 
The new Sarah Long Bridge, which is being built at a cost of $170 million, was supposed to open Sept. 1, but there's still no opening date.
 
Ron Taylor from Maine DOT tells WGME-TV that it's been a "very long and challenging process.''
 
Like the old bridge, this one will be a double-decker to allow for trains on the bottom level and cars on top. It will feature a single "hybrid'' span that can be lifted for passage of tall ships and lowered when a train needs to cross.
 
Maine-based contractor Cianbro is being fined $1,000 for every day it's late. Officials now hope to open for traffic in January.