Denise Goldberg's blog

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


An opening ceremony for the new Memorial Bridge has been scheduled for August 15th, just two days short of the 90th anniversary of the opening of the original bridge. I think it's fitting that there will be "a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley, who was five years old when she cut the ribbon at the original Memorial Bridge opening on August 17, 1923."

According to last Friday's news entry on the bridge web site:

The innovative lift bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine across the Piscataqua River will be opened prior to August 15 to motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic once final testing has been completed.

I'm looking forward to walking on the bridge with my camera, to riding my bike in the official bike lane (as opposed to following the bridge rules for the old structure which didn't allow for riding bicycle traffic), and yes, even to driving across occasionally.

Memorial Bridge, Portsmouth Kittery
(screen shot) from the Memorial Bridge webcam, late in the day on 23 July 2013