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Grant would provide funds for Sarah Mildred Long Bridge work
The grant would bring them one step closer to securing the funding necessary to rebuild the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connecting Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, via the Route 1 bypass.
The plan so far is to start construction on the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge in September 2014 and to have it completed by November 2017.
The entire bridge project is now expected to cost about $160 million with the costs shared by both Maine and New Hampshire.
“One of the things we are very focused on is not just the initial costs but the ongoing maintenance costs,” Taylor said. “It has to be an affordable, economical bridge.”
Public input has also played a role in the preliminary design of the bridge.
“It improves the shipping situation,” Rohleder said.
Some changes will be made to the approach roads near Oak Creek Terrace in Kittery and near the Portsmouth side, but overall they will stay largely the same.
Another day-long design workshop is scheduled for July 11, with the final design going to the Maine Department of Transportation for approval in September.
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