PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Some people don’t like a proposed design for a new bridge over the Piscataqua River because it looks just like the span it will be replacing.
But Robert Landry, a New Hampshire Department of Transportation project manager, said he thought that was what the public wanted for a proposed replacement for the aging Memorial Bridge, which links Portsmouth, N.H., with Kittery, Maine.
Landry told the Portsmouth Herald his designers are now coming up with a “more modern’’ look for the lift span.
Maine and New Hampshire officials have agreed to replace the Memorial Bridge. Demolition begins in 18 months.
Last week, Maine and New Hampshire officials also agreed to renovate the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which includes a rail line serving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. That work will begin after Memorial Bridge is replaced.