Marine traffic will be prohibited in the Piscataqua River's navigable channel for one week next month as crews remove the center span of the now-closed Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.
The Portsmouth Herald reports the waterway will be closed from Oct. 10-16 according to the resident engineer for the Maine Department of Transportation's bridge replacement project.
The bridge connected Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine via the U.S. Route 1 Bypass before it malfunctioned last month. The span has since been locked in its open position and was closed permanently on Aug. 24.
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Transportation officials expect to finalize the exact timing of the removal in coordination with the tides on Thursday.
The bridge's $158 million replacement is expected to open to traffic in September 2017.