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Portsmouth bridge celebration pushed up to Aug. 8


PORTSMOUTH — The ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration of the new Memorial Bridge has been pushed ahead one week.

Originally scheduled for Aug. 15, the celebration will now be held Aug. 8 at 11 a.m.

The bridge is scheduled to open ahead of that, once final testing is completed. As of Wednesday afternoon, work continued and the bridge remained closed.

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According to the state Department of Transportation, the celebration is planned to highlight the historical link between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine. It will include a procession across the bridge and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley, who was 5 when she cut the ribbon to open the original Memorial Bridge in 1923.
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— Gretyl Macalaster, Union Leader Correspondent
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