PORTLAND, Maine—The Maine Transportation Department says a Portland-area bridge will be shut down at nighttime this week due to construction of the new Veterans Memorial Bridge which began in July 2010.
The existing Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects Portland's West End to South Portland over the Fore River, will be closed 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Monday through Friday night.
The five-night bridge closure will enable construction crews to install an underground communication conduit which crosses over existing travel lanes of the bridge. Detour signs listing best alternate routes will be set up.
Construction of the new bridge is on schedule and expected to be completed next summer, with the removal of the old bridge to be completed in December 2012.