KITTERY, Maine – Bridge 1 renovations at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are scheduled to begin this week. New traffic patterns were put in place Dec. 4 to accommodate the work. Gate 1 will be open for peak inbound traffic Monday to Friday, 5 to 8 a.m. and again for peak outbound traffic from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Pedestrian traffic is allowed at Gate 1 during the project, but during its first phase, pedestrian traffic will be limited to the outbound side of Bridge 1. Gate 2 will be the primary access route and will remain open at all hours to accommodate all vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed at Gate 2 at all hours during the project. There will be three lanes available for inbound traffic, but the third lane will only be available from 5 to 7 a.m. Traffic must merge into one lane before crossing the bridge. The Raleigh Square Bypass will be open for inbound traffic from 5 to 8 a.m.
Increasing use of car and van pools and buses will decrease wait times and shared rides are recommended by shipyard officials. Traffic will continue to be evaluated throughout the project and mitigating options will be implemented as necessary, shipyard officials stated.