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Jun 18, 2017 12:06 PM

Weather causes delays to construction of new Maine-NH bridge

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Officials say winter rains delayed construction on a new bridge that will link Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, but traffic should be flowing over the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge by the middle of October.

READ: Business owners show concern over heavy traffic as Portsmouth bridge construction continues

Officials had hoped for a Labor Day opening.

Ron Taylor of the Maine Department of Transportation tells Seacoastonline he'll have a better idea of the actual opening date as the time gets closer. The June 1, 2018 date for full completion of the project is on track.

READ: Work to replace Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth continues

The $170 million project is a joint venture of the states of New Hampshire and Maine, which co-own the bridge.

The old bridge of the same name that took traffic across the Piscataqua River for 76 years closed last year after it malfunctioned.

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