This image is a bit dated already, as the reconstruction of the Memorial Bridge continues to go very swiftly. The north span is now in place on the Kittery shorefront, and the towers continue to rise. I’m excited to be able to walk the bridge this summer and to shoot the fully completed view from Prescott Park.
Portsmouth’s three bridges, the Piscataqua River Bridge, the Middle Bridge, and the Memorial Bridge, connect the states of New Hampshire and Maine. I’m used to featuring these bridges individually, as I’m usually drawn to their architecture and setting – but not usually how they all fit together in the bigger picture.
This shot was taken at night, creating some intrigue with all the lighting along the waterfront and at Harbour Place, with some additional light from the cars traveling across the bridges and some smoke above the industrial components along the waterfront. This scene will look different soon, as the Kittery span of the Memorial Bridge is now in place.
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.
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.
After much hubbub about the fate of the Copper Beech tree in front of the South Church on State Street in downtown Portsmouth, the tree has seen its last day.
Another one of Portsmouth’s major infrastructure projects is the redevelopment of the Middle School. This project has been fun to watch – and I’m glad that this old structure will be rehabilitated and its character preserved.
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.
The waterfront is undergoing a permanent change. The Memorial Bridge continues to look different every day, and this particular afternoon was the first chance I had to take a photo from one of my favorite spots – documenting the disappearance of the bridge’s profile from the quintessential Moran Towing tugboat shot.
I love architecture and real estate. This shot was taken from the deck of the new Martingale Wharf building, featuring the brick facade and outdoor patios of what was once the original Martingale structure. Amazing to watch the progress of the building over the past few years, and this new structure undeniably has character.