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Sep 3, 2016 2:39 PM

Sarah Mildred Long Bridge to remain closed, be demolished

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — An aging New Hampshire bridge that was closed to traffic following a malfunction will be demolished beginning next month.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in Portsmouth had been set to close in November. A new $172 million bridge is scheduled to open in September 2017.

The company constructing the new bridge says it will begin demolishing the old span starting in October. Officials say the demolition came earlier than anticipated but isn't expected to change the project's timeline.

The 76-year-old lift bridge, which connects Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass, recently malfunctioned and became stuck. New Hampshire and Maine transportation officials decided to close the bridge permanently.

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