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Jun 3, 2016 8:25 AM

Repair work begins on Portsmouth's Peirce Island Bridge

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Crews have begun repair work on the Peirce Island Bridge in Portsmouth that is expected to continue through the summer months into September.

The Portsmouth Herald reports transportation officials plan to eventually replace the bridge to the city-owned island, which is scheduled to become the site of a new $83.8 million wastewater treatment plant in the future.

City Engineer Terry Desmarais says Portsmouth's Parking and Traffic Safety Committee will spend just under $415,000 on renovations to the bridge before it's replaced.

The repair work involves stripping pavement off the bridge in sections, removing and replacing its membrane and then repaving the bridge. Prep work on the project has already begun.

Desmarais says building a new bridge would cost approximately $7 million and construction wouldn't likely begin until 2022.

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