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Oct 19, 2016 8:36 AM

Workers removing lift towers of Sarah Mildred Long Bridge

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Workers have started removing the lift towers of the closed Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that work on the Kittery tower began on Monday. Workers removed the top of the tower on Tuesday. Cianbro Corporation, which is building the new bridge, has scheduled two weeks per tower removal. It hopes to remove both by Nov. 18.

Cianbro Corporation senior project manager Kaven Philbrook said Friday the tower removal wouldn't require the closure of the navigational channel of the Piscataqua (pihs-KAT'-ah-kwah) River through the construction area.

The bridge connected Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass before it malfunctioned in August.

The bridge's $158 million replacement is expected to open to traffic in September 2017.

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