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Final Memorial Bridge float-in delayed until June 17


PORTSMOUTH — The float-in of the center span of the Memorial Bridge has been postponed until Monday, June 17.
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The final float-in was scheduled to begin June 10.
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The change in schedule means the five-day river closure coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard will now commence at 1 a.m. on June 17 and continue through 1 a.m. on June 22.
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Archer Western Contractors announced the change Tuesday morning, citing the need for equipment repairs on one of the large cranes.
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A crane supporting work on the north tower construction that is critical to the float-in of the center span was taken out of service early Saturday, Carol Morris, spokesman for Archer Western, said in a statement. Delivery of replacement parts was expedited and repairs are expected to be completed by the end of Tuesday.
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The crane has been moved to the New Hampshire State Pier upriver of the bridge construction.
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"Although the four-day turnaround for repairs is relatively fast, the work made the originally scheduled June 10 float-in date impossible to meet," Morris said.
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The new float-in date was coordinated with the Coast Guard to prevent the channel closure from taking place during a weekend.
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Archer Western project manager Stephen DelGrosso said it is too early to tell if the bridge opening date will be affected by the delay.
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"We still expect to open the bridge to traffic in July," he said.
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