PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Work has started to fix a lift bridge between New Hampshire and Maine that had gotten stuck and caused traffic problems along the seacoast.
The work could take up to two days. Conditions weren’t optimal: Workers started at 7 a.m. Thursday in subzero weather. By noon, it got up to 12 degrees in Portsmouth.
Department spokesman Bill Boynton said authorities were performing a routine test on Sarah Long Bridge on Wednesday when it failed to close all the way, becoming stuck about a foot over the roadbed.
Officials don’t know for sure whether the cold weather contributed to the problem.
The bridge carries the Route 1 Bypass over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.