Summary

Challenge: The Memorial Bridge carries US Route 1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME. In 2012 it was determined that the existing bridge was beyond repair and a new bridge was needed. Because the bridge needed to be replaced quickly, the design-build procurement method was selected. The bridge is important historically to the two communities, and is a vital transportation link.
Solution: MJ provided a robust public outreach program that focused on the concerns of community stakeholders, citizens, adjacent neighbors, local government officials, and regulatory agencies. The program included managing a 30-member Public Advisory Committee with seven subcommittees focusing on different aspects of bridge design and function including: business mitigation, renewable energy, aesthetic lighting, bicycle and pedestrian access, public education, historic plaques and reconstruction of a public park.

A project-specific website, social media including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and newsletters were created. Media relations included press release distribution, public workshops, and education events. Additional areas of focus during the replacement of the National Register-eligible Memorial bridge are as follows: coordination between the Public Advisory Committee and the Design-Build Team, Maine DOT and NHDOT; promotion and marketing of downtown Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME businesses and events during construction; education about area history and cultural resources as they related to the Memorial Bridge; and promotion of local museums, cultural and historic sites in the affected area.

Awards

  • ACEC NH Engineering Excellence Award in Studies, Research and Consulting Category
  • Plan NH Merit Award
  • NH Planners Association Project of the Year Award

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