- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

KITTERY, Maine (AP) - A ceremony is scheduled to mark the start of construction at an aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine.

The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.

On Monday at 10 a.m., dignitaries from both states are gathering at the Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common to mark the official start of the project. Members of the public will have a chance to sign a commemorative construction trestle that will be installed on the project later in the week.

In September, transportation officials from the two states reached a $158.5 million tentative price agreement to replace the bridge. The new bridge is expected to open in August 2017.

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