House members get firsthand look at top red-listed bridge
State Department of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement said funds in the first three years of the proposed highway plan are heavily weighted toward the bridge project, which is expected to cost at least $150 million to replace.
The rail line that runs underneath the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is used solely by the shipyard a few times each year for the removal of spent nuclear fuel rods.
Campbell said the committee raised many questions about whether there were alternatives for removing the sensitive material. The rail line adds an additional $30 million or so to the price tag of the new lift bridge, but Campbell said they do not want to do anything to jeopardize the shipyard given the economic benefits it provides to both Maine and New Hampshire.
“It looks like it’s pretty bad,” said Rep. Jim Webb of Derry.
Structural cracks are visible in the concrete as is rusting throughout the steel structures of the spans.
“Whatever we do build (to replace it), we are going to need a maintenance program in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Webb said.
“The bridge and the port terminal are important parts of the transportation infrastructure in the state. They complement each other,” Marconi said.
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