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Final Section Of NH-Maine Memorial Bridge Removed

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The Memorial Bridge, which connected NH to Maine, has been closed down forever.

The Memorial Bridge, which connected NH to Maine, has been closed down forever.

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The final section of the Memorial Bridge that used to connect New Hampshire and Maine has been removed.

Officials say the north span that connected the bridge to Badger’s Island in Kittery was removed by barge on Saturday. More than 50 onlookers, many with binoculars, watched from Prescott Park and other waterfront locations.

The Portsmouth Herald says the barge will spend the weekend near Prescott Park; next week, it’ll travel to a Massachusetts recycling center where it’ll be cut up for scrap.

Work crews began dismantling the nearly 90-year-old bridge earlier this year. A new one is planned connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, next year.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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