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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE 9/20/2013:
FROM LINES TO PATTERNS
MEMORIAL BRIDGE OVER THE PISCATAQUA RIVER
(CONNECTING NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE)
Weekly Photo Challenge 9/20/2013: From Lines to Patterns—Memorial Bridge O’er the Piscataqua River
The Weekly Photo Challenge for September 20, 2013 was from lines to patterns. The newly built Memorial Bridge over the Piscataqua River, connecting Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire yielded just such lines.
My husband Monte and I walked across the bridge from Kittery to Portsmouth and back while we were in New England in September.
Of course, I had my camera around my neck and took lots of pictures. Many took into consideration the lines and angles of the bridge, which I believe fulfills the challenge from lines to patterns.
I have childhood memories of driving across the Memorial Bridge. We went to York Beach, the Nubble Light House, Warren’s Restaurant…and each time my husband Monte and I traveled to New England we crossed the bridge several times..
Truth be known, I submitted a photo of the Memorial Bridge to the black and white section of the photography competition at the Westmoreland County Fair (PA) a year ago. It came in second in its category.
The Memorial Bridge was a through truss lift bridge that for 88 years (1923-2011) carried U.S. 1 across the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Badger’s Island in Kittery, Maine, USA. The bridge was closed permanently to vehicle traffic on July 27, 2011, with a replacement to be built by July 2013. The bridge closed to pedestrians and cyclists on January 9, 2012. Removal of the main lift span of the bridge was completed on February 8, 2012. A replacement bridge opened with a ceremony on August 8, 2013.
The lift span could be fully opened to allow large commercial vessels to pass. During summer, the lift section was partially elevated every half-hour between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for smaller commercial and recreational boat traffic. The bridge was the only one of the three Portsmouth Harbor bridges with provisions for pedestrians and bicycles. New Hampshire and Maine designated the bridge as part of their State Bicycle Routes, and the bridge was part of the proposed East Coast Greenway.
Constructed between 1920 and 1923, the bridge was the first without toll to span the Piscataqua between Portsmouth and Kittery. The bridge was constructed as a joint venture between the states of Maine and New Hampshire and the federal government. It was dedicated as a World War I memorial. Its plaque, above the entrance to the first truss span on the Portsmouth side, reads:
“Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919.”