The New Hampshire Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority will begin a new phase of safety improvement work on the Piscataqua River Bridge, which carries I-95 between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. Crews will be replacing bridge joints that date back to the original construction of the bridge a half-century ago.
This phase of joint replacement work will require the right travel lane to be closed on the southbound side of the bridge beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, February 24th. This closure will restrict the southbound side of the bridge to two lanes and will not be open to three travel lanes on weekends until this phase of the joint replacement work is complete.
This work is expected to last several months. In a few weeks, joint replacement work will begin on the northbound side of the bridge. This work will require a right travel lane closure on the northbound side. This restriction is also likely to last several months. Lane closures are required to be able to work on the bridge joints, but these traffic restrictions are also necessary for the safety of work crews and the traveling public.
Officials hope to be able to reopen these travel lanes as soon as this phase of the bridge joint replacements are complete, but these traffic restrictions could last through mid-May. Contractors are committed to keeping three lanes of travel open on both sides of the bridge during peak travel periods (between mid-May and the day after Labor Day).
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