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Future of New Castle-Rye bridge to be discussed

NEW CASTLE — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting on the proposed rehabilitation or replacement of the New Castle-Rye bridge on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

The New Castle to Rye bridge, also known as the Wentworth Bridge, connects the two communities via Route 1B. It was built in 1942 as part of the defense of Portsmouth Harbor during World War II.

Four design alternatives for the bridge’s rehabilitation or replacement will be presented during the meeting and public comment will be welcomed.

The current bridge replaced a wooden bridge and consists of a steel grated deck that lifts, through it is raised fewer than 10 times each year.
The bridge underwent major rehabilitation in 1975 and 2009. In 2011, an in-depth bridge inspection resulted in a weight restriction posting of 15 tons.

Doors will open for the meeting at 6:30 p.m. for viewing of the plans with a formal presentation scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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