In 2010, the Memorial Bridge was still intact and standing guard at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. The bridge has since been dismantled and a replacement structure is being built offsite and will be floated up the river in the spring of 2013.
Portsmouth is full of hidden gem locations, and you never know what view might be lurking around the corner from some of the downtown spots. Harbour Place and The Memorial Bridge of Portsmouth and Kittery can be seen from the roof deck of a nearby home along the waterfront on Bow Street. This view is a bit different these days…but the shipyard and the Naval Prison are still clearly visible in the background, with the Piscataqua River flowing through the frame.
The approach span to the Memorial Bridge stands now as rubble next to the former site of the Pier II Restaurant. The North Tower can be seen without its counterweight in the distance.
It’s funny how foreign the remaining parts of the Memorial Bridge now look in the midst of the Piscataqua River. With the South Tower, the lift span, and the Portsmouth approach gone from the scene, the remaining tower and abutment look distinctly out of place and completely functionless.
Progress on the deconstruction of the Memorial Bridge is swift. I left work not expecting to see much different, but sure enough – the south span of the Memorial Bridge had been cut from the approach in Portsmouth and was waiting for its final departure down to a scrap yard outside of Boston. I’m getting more excited to see things change, and to see the new bridge come to life.
Today’s post is a memorial to the South Tower of the Memorial Bridge, which has since been cut to half its height, and will no longer exist in a matter of hours. The sky on the evening that this particular image was taken was very airy and cloudy, but I decided to give this shot a more somber processing to reflect the tower’s numbered days.