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Public gets look at new Sarah Long bridge
On Wednesday evening, about 100 people gathered at the Kittery Community Center to learn about the innovative design.
The new Long bridge will feature technologies that have never been used in the United States, but were recently used in a joint Figg/Hardesty & Hanover project in Bordeaux, France.
“Today to get those ships through, you can’t have the tugs on the side, so this provides a lot more security for those ships coming through that wider opening,” said Jay Rohleder, project designer with Hardesty & Hanover.
The towers will be made of reinforced concrete and will have a glass component along the sides drivers see approaching from the north or south and will provide a view of the counterweights moving up and down for those stopped on the bridge.
Some in attendance asked about providing pedestrian access on the bridge, but Joyce Taylor with the Maine Department of Transportation said they simply do not have the extra money to make that happen.
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