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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.

The final float-in was scheduled to begin June 10.

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.

Archer Western Contractors announced the change Tuesday morning, citing the need for equipment repairs on one of the large cranes.

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.

The crane has been moved to the New Hampshire State Pier upriver of the bridge construction.

"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.

The new float-in date was coordinated with the Coast Guard to prevent the channel closure from taking place during a weekend.

Archer Western project manager Stephen DelGrosso said it is too early to tell if the bridge opening date will be affected by the delay.

"We still expect to open the bridge to traffic in July," he said.


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