Memorial Bridge has replaced the original
at the eastern end of Daniel and State Streets. The bridge is crossed by U.S. Route 1 and connects Memorial Bridge Portsmouth with Kittery .
Seacoast residents welcomed the new
I was one of them! For the first time in two years, I walked from
Portsmouth to Badger
Island and Kittery. A round-trip only takes about fifteen
minutes, but while I was in Maine, I took the
opportunity to have dinner at Warren’s Lobster House.
|View from Warren's Lobster House|
Perhaps its most distinctive feature are the huge anchor chains that counterbalance the ropes used to raise and lower the heavy counterweights.
|Old Bridge Walkway|
I was surprised to discover that, unlike the old bridge, the sidewalks are not separated from the roadway by barriers or the supporting beams, which are now outside the bridge surface. This might create a safety hazard, because I witnessed several people jaywalking from one side of the bridge to the other – dodging traffic in order to see the view from the other side.
|New Bridge Walkway|
I'm sure the Departments of Transportation will soon add the finishing touches to the bridge approaches, including a memorial park on the New Hampshire side for the original commemorative plaques, and the new Memorial Bridge will be in operation for many years to come.