Memorial Bridge Opening 2013

The new Memorial Bridge was opened to the public with great fanfare on August 8, 2013.  It was rejuvenating to see so many members of the community come together to celebrate an achievement that will benefit so many people.  It was a truly memorable event, and when the presentations were finished and the ribbon cut by the legendary Eileen Foley, pedestrians and cyclists were able to enjoy strolling around the bridge before any vehicles had a chance to take to the new roads.  The structure is very impressive from afar, yet streamlined and surprisingly enjoyable to walk along.  I’m looking forward to many sunrises and sunsets from the inviting sidewalks and bump outs along the sides of the fresh pavement.

Towers | Memorial Bridge

The new Memorial Bridge is nearly complete, anticipated to open in a mere 3 months.  Here is an image I took on a gorgeous morning as the sun rose to the east of the old Memorial’s tower abutments. I’ll miss the curves and the architectural interest of this historic gem.

 

Land, Sea & Sky

This image speaks for itself.  The layers of the waterfront structures, the rebuilding of the Memorial Bridge, the Piscataqua River and incredible natural light – many wonderful elements.  I’m so very thankful for the extra daylight in the afternoon!

The South Span | New Memorial Bridge

The new south span of the Memorial Bridge has officially been floated in and placed.  Crews worked during the evening hours securing the new span so that the Cape Cod barge could be floated out at slack tide once enough water retreated.  The north Kittery span will soon be under construction, and the new structure will be ready for use by July this summer. The eerie evening lighting and the under lighting on the bridge span make this an amazing scene to see in person.

Watching the placement of the span was a historic event, and although it was a slow process, it was exciting.  I’m looking forward to watching the new structure evolve, and to capturing the process.

 

Bow Street Panorama

 Bow Street is one of my favorite streets in all of Portsmouth, for many reasons.  One of the reasons is the beautiful curve that the street takes from the Memorial Bridge towards Market Street, highlighting the curve of the waterfront and the decks that adorn the opposite side of the buildings seen in this panoramic photo.

 

Wentworth Coolidge Mansion

The rich yellow color of this historic home when paired with the red shingles on its roof make this icon one of the Seacoast’s most distinguishable along the Piscataqua River’s back channel.  The Wentworth Coolidge Mansion belonged to the state’s first Royal Governor, who served in the mid 1700s.  The rooflines help to tell the story of the additions and how large this home actually is.