PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS/AP) — A barge is in place to remove a 2-million pound section of the historic Memorial Bridge linking New Hampshire and Maine.

The removal had been scheduled for Tuesday night, but the prep work took longer than expected and workers wanted to start fresh Wednesday.

Crews began removing the section of the bridge Wednesday evening.

The barge will then float the span to a scrap yard in Everett, Mass.

WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

The Coast Guard has shut down river traffic on the Piscataqua River until 7 a.m. Thursday to accommodate the work.

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez was on hand to see the preparations.

A new bridge is expected to open in July 2013.

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  1. stephen towne says:

    its about time will make it alot easier for commuters and people trying to get back and forth from maine and portsmouth new hampshire directly

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