PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS/AP) — Transportation officials had anticipated that a lift bridge that’s been out of commission for days will become operational Saturday afternoon, allowing ships carrying heating oil and other supplies to resume travel up the Piscataqua River for deliveries.
However, as of Saturday night, DOT officials said the bridge had not been reopened.READ MORE: I-Team: Judge Denies State Police Request To Delay Vaccine Mandate
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation shut down the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge on Wednesday after the center span of the 73-year-old bridge got stuck during a routine test. The closed bridge has blocked shipping lanes as well as vehicle traffic crossing from Portsmouth, N.H., to Kittery, Maine.READ MORE: 'He Never Would Tell Us': Gardner Museum Hopeful For New Info After Death Of Connecticut Mobster
Officials said the span should be opened by late Saturday afternoon to allow ships to go upriver. If the bridge lift is opened, it will most likely remain up until Monday to allow ship traffic upriver before the roadway is opened to vehicle traffic.MORE NEWS: 'Excited For The Future': Team IMPACT Celebrates 10 Years At Gillette Stadium
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