World War Memorial Bridge - Portsmouth, NH, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 43° 04.705 W 070° 45.184
19T E 357290 N 4771014
Quick Description: This iron lift bridge spans the Pisquataqua River, carrying U.S. Route 1 between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine, and is a WW1 memorial.
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Date Posted: 2/22/2009 8:17:21 PM
Waymark Code: WM5X0G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 13

Long Description:
Memorial Bridge is an old iron lift and truss bridge that carries U.S. Route 1 across most of the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Badger Island of Kittery, Maine. It is an easy walk from downtown Portsmouth and is the only one of the three bridges that has a pedestrian walkway on both sides of the bridge. Great views can be obtained from the bridge, whether you look upstream to another lift bridge and the I-95 bridge, or downstream to the Portsmouth-Kittery Naval Shipyard.

According to Wikipedia, the bridge was built between 1920 and 1923 as a joint venture between the states of New Hampshire, Maine, and the United States. It was dedicated as a World War memorial (at that time there was only one - the "War to End All Wars").

The bridge length is 1,200 ft long. The lift span raises the middle part of the bridge to 170 ft above the water surface. It is claimed that this is the oldest truss lift bridge in New England.

An article from Boston.com was found concerning this bridge. The bids to restore the bridge came much higher than expected, and now there is debate on both sides of the river whether to preserve or 'retire' the bridge. The article link is here:

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Honestly, we hadn't expected to walk across the bridge on Valentine's Day, but we decided to walk across it just to say that we walked over to Maine. We made it, though we paid for it - it was FREEZING cold on that bridge as we were exposed to the 20+ mph winds blowing down the river, and we were chilled for a time afterwards (it was worth it, though!). We didn't see any boat traffic on the river at that time, so we didn't see the bridge in action. Hopefully, a future visitor will and post a picture!
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