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Crowds Gather For Opening Of New Memorial Bridge

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV
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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS) – The new Memorial Bridge opened up Thursday to traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The much anticipated opening has been two years in the making, since the old bridge was closed and torn down.

Businesses are thrilled to have this third link between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

Bicyclists and pedestrians are also happy because it is the only bridge between the two cities where they can cross.

It also means getting back to familiar routines after two years.

“We have barely been to Maine,” said Portsmouth resident Megan Thorne. “I rarely go over there anymore.”

Thorne says she looks forward to shopping across the border once again.

For today’s ribbon cutting, 95-year-old Eileen Foley had the honor. She had the same privilege when she cut the ribbon at the original bridge dedication 90 years ago.

“Very nice, very nice,” said Foley at the conclusion of the event today.

Several dignitaries were on hand today, including New Hampshire’s United States Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, as well as New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.

“The new bridge reminds us all of the historic connection between Maine and New Hampshire, as well as our shared economic future,” said the governor.

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