Memorial Bridge News
River Closure – June 10 to June 15 for final float-in
The center lift span of the new Memorial Bridge will be put into place between June 10 and June 15.
In order for the installation to occur safely, the US Coast Guard (USCG) will be closing the Piscataqua River in the vicinity (300 yard radius) of the bridge to all marine traffic for this 5 day period.
The river closure within the 300 yard radius will begin at 9:00am on June 10, 2013 to approximately 9:00am on June 15, 2013. This river closure is necessary to provide for the safety of all waterway users and the construction workers during these bridge construction operations.
The USCG will enforce a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) that encompasses all navigable waters on the Piscataqua River, surface to bottom, in the vicinity of the Memorial Bridge construction zone. The RNA is effective within a 300 yard radius (see map below).
Heavy-lift operations are sensitive to water movement and a wake from passing vessels could pose significant risk of injury or death to construction works. In order to minimize such unexpected or uncontrolled movement of water, the RNA will prohibit vessels from operating in the vicinity of the bridge construction zone for this 5-day period.
If you are a boat owner and your boat is located within the 300 yard radius of the RNA, you may or may not be able to move your boat in and out of your dock during the 5-day closure period. You must obtain pre-approval from the USCG prior to 8:00am on June 10 for any boat movement. Also, you may or may not obtain approval to have passage under the bridge. These decisions are regulated by the USCG.
The USCG contact for these matters: Lieutenant Megan L. Drewniak at the USCG Sector Northern New England. Phone: 1-207-741-5421 Email: Megan.L.Drewniak@uscg.mil
Any additional inform received from the USCG will be posted on this web site. Please refer to these official documents for more information: