KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) The first phase of construction is about to begin on the project to to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that connects Kittery and Portsmouth.
A ceremony Monday marked the start of the 2-year construction phase.
The bridge is 74 years old and has been rated structurally deficient.
Construction is expected to cost $158.5 million dollars. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Senator Susan Collins were part of the congressional delegation that lobbied for a $25 million dollar grant to fund the rail portion of the new bridge. The two states will split the rest of the cost.
Cianbro, which is building the multi-million dollar structure, is moving in equipment and setting up cranes for the project.