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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - The new Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine is scheduled to be ready in July, but the celebration is already beginning.

The first official celebration of the bridge is starting with an opening reception June 6 of an exhibit, "Bridging the Piscataqua: Construction and Community."

The exhibit will run from June 7 through Oct. 13 and will tell the story of Piscataqua River bridges from the 1790s to today. It will show at Discover Portsmouth.

The new Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, is being constructed by Archer-Western. The design reuses the original 1922 piers as the base for the modern supports. It will continue to display the 1924 memorial tablet and beaux arts decoration fabricated by the Gorham Bronze Co. of Providence.

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