PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Planners are envisioning a sleeker, taller structure to replace the aging Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine.

The Portsmouth Herald reports stakeholders want to keep the name for the $160 million project. They met Thursday to discuss plans, including three different proposed designs for the four bridge towers to give the structure a more modern look.

Work is expected to begin on the new bridge by fall 2014, and be finished in 2017.

The 73-year-old bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, was shut down for a few days earlier this year after its center span got stuck during a routine test. It was shut down for several weeks after the tanker accident.


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