By Jesse Scardina
January 05. 2015 7:28AM
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joins other dignitaries from Maine and New Hampshire in signing a piece of a trestle, during a a Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement construction kickoff event on Monday at the Kittery Community Center. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline
KITTERY, Maine — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins compared the collaboration between Maine and New Hampshire to fund the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement to that of saving the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard a decade earlier. She called it a monumental effort that demonstrated bipartisanship and an ability to work across multiple levels of government.
“Ten years ago, the people of our two states reached across the border and across the aisle to save our shipyard,” Collins said Monday during a construction kickoff event for the bridge. “Today we join again together to secure our future by ensuring an efficient means of transportation,” she said, noting the shipyard and the economy depend on the bridge.
See the video of the animated bridge in operation using the following link