Exhibit takes loving look at bridge that unites two states

The new Memorial Bridge is expected to open to traffic later this month.
The new Memorial Bridge is expected to open to traffic later this month.Credit: Jim Wilson/Globe Staff

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Before Portsmouth, N.H.’s, new Memorial Bridge even opens to traffic, it is already a star.

The span that will reconnect this city with Kittery, Maine, is the focus of “Bridging the Piscataqua: Construction and Community,” a major exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth Center, running through Oct. 15. New and historic photos, design displays, and a collection of sometimes stunning artworks locate the new bridge and its predecessor at the center of this port city’s identity. “People have such a passionate attachment to the bridge,” Portsmouth Historical Society executive director Maryellen Burke said.

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