Cianbro faces fines for Sarah Long Bridge delay

PORTSMOUTH — The float-in and installation of the draw portion of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge has been delayed until mid-October and will come at a cost to general contractor, the Cianbro Corporation.

Maine Department of Transportation senior engineer Ron Taylor said due to tidal patterns the next available window to install the lift would be starting on Oct. 3 but added on the current schedule, it would “unlikely” be ready for the third. He said the next available date for installation to begin would be Oct. 17 and would close Portsmouth Harbor for tidal navigation for more than a week.

“We don’t think this will delay our schedule,” Taylor said. “Right now, our goal is to have the bridge open for vehicular traffic on Nov. 10.”

by Alex LaCasse

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