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New Hampshire Demolishes Historic 108-Year Old Bridge for Safety Reasons

Thu July 20, 2017 - Northeast Edition #15
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The Lilac Bridge was listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. It was demolished on July 7.
The Lilac Bridge was listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. It was demolished on July 7.

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) A historic bridge in Hooksett, N.H., has been demolished for safety reasons.

The 108-year-old Lilac Bridge on the Merrimack River was closed to traffic in 1976 but remained open to pedestrian traffic until this June. WMUR-TV reports that town officials then told people to stay away from the area, particularly in the water underneath it, out of concerns that the bridge might collapse.

The bridge was listed on the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. It was demolished on July 7.

The section of river was closed until July 12.

For more information, visit wmur.com.




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