- Associated Press - Saturday, May 3, 2014

DOVER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire transportation officials are scheduling a detailed inspection of an historic bridge between Dover and Newington with an eye toward rehabilitating it.

The General Sullivan Bridge over Little Bay and the Piscataqua River opened in 1935 and was closed to motor vehicle traffic in 1984, when the second span of the Little Bay Bridge opened.

The bridge will remain open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic during the 12-day inspection period from May 5-May 16, but access may be restricted on segments on the bridge where the inspection is underway, said Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton.

The bridge is also a popular fishing spot.


The span is a deck truss bridge named for Revolutionary War Gen. John Sullivan - a former governor of New Hampshire.

The inspection will include a complete structural investigation.

Historians want to preserve the bridge, saying it’s the only example remaining of a deck truss bridge that also features a through truss to accommodate boat traffic. It’s a smaller version of the Lake Champlain Bridge between Vermont and New York, which has been demolished and replaced.

The Coast Guard has said it wants the bridge removed but transportation officials say it may be eligible for a berth in the National Register of Historic Places.