PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — New Hampshire transportation officials expect the removal of the lift span of the historic Memorial Bridge will be a spectator event.

Officials have scheduled removal of the 2-million-pound span for Monday night, sometime between 8 p.m. and midnight. High tide is 10:34 p.m.

The lift span of the 90-year-old bridge will be disconnected from the cables that support it and lowered onto a barge in the Piscataqua River.

The removal is the first major event in the demolition of the Route 1 bridge that spans the Piscataqua between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine.

Officials say good views of the removal project are available from Prescott Park, Badger Island, Four Tree Island and Peirce Island.

The new bridge is expected to open in July 2013.

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