By Associated Press - Friday, June 8, 2018

KITTERY, Maine (AP) - Politicians and the public celebrated a new replacement bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine with a walk and a time capsule.

People on Friday walked across the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which replaces a 76-year-old bridge that runs from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Kittery, Maine, along the Route 1 Bypass over the Piscataqua River.

Maine and New Hampshire officials donated items to a time capsule to be placed at the bridge at a later date. The time capsule will serve as a reflection of life in northern New England in 2018. It will be opened in 125 years.

Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage contributed a pin of the state, a coin and a state flag. Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan added a commemorative letter.

Democratic New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter contributed a New Hampshire Magazine article about women leaders in the state.

“Everyone has a different perspective,” she said. “We need everyone’s voice at the table, and to do that, we need more women at the table.”

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