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Opening of Reconstructed NH-Maine Bridge Uncertain
07/18/2013 12:00 PM ET  

It's unclear exactly when the new Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine will open to traffic, but the celebration date has been set.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) _ Archer Western Contractors has a contractual obligation to complete the bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, by Friday, or face $25,000 in fines each day after that.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokeswoman Madeline Vantine says more work needs to be done before the bridge is turned over to the states.

She said the bridge will probably be ready for vehicle traffic before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which is scheduled for Aug. 15 at 10:00 a.m.

The celebration will include an appearance by former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley, who was 5 when she cut the ribbon at the original bridge opening on August 17, 1923.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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