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NH-Maine Bridge Damaged By Tanker Reopens

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A tanker ship hit a bridge connecting NH and Maine.

A tanker ship hit a bridge connecting NH and Maine.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine that was damaged by an oil tanker on April 1 has reopened to vehicle traffic.

New Hampshire Transportation Department spokesman Bill Boynton says the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge reopened to vehicle traffic at about 11:30 a.m. Monday, ahead of schedule.

Authorities originally said the bridge would remain closed until Memorial Day weekend.

Damaged steel and other materials were replaced.

This means two bridges are now open between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. The other is the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95.

The Memorial Bridge is under construction and is expected to open in July.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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