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Bridge Linking Maine, NH, To See Work Closures

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The recently reopened Memorial Bridge linking Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, will close overnights from Sunday through Thursday so crews can install a plaque and eagle.

All traffic will be barred from midnight to 5 a.m., beginning Sunday night. From 7 p.m. to midnight, traffic will be limited to one alternating lane in each direction.

The closure is needed to put up the refurbished 90-year-old eagle and plaque that were on the Portsmouth side of the first Memorial Bridge. Two dozen pieces weigh about 7,500 pounds total.

Further closures may be needed depending on weather and how well the plaque goes back together.

The new $81.4 million bridge opened in August, replacing one that was built in 1923.

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