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Vehicles stuck on Piscataqua River Bridge during icy conditions

All three northbound lanes have reopened for through traffic, according to an update from Maine State Police.
Credit: Maine State Police

KITTERY, Maine — Multiple vehicles were stuck on the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95 during icy conditions and heavy, wet snow brought on by Tuesday's storm. 

All three northbound lanes previously closed have reopened for through traffic as of 5:33 p.m., according to an update from Maine State Police. However, as of 5:45 p.m., traffic was still backed up in New Hampshire, according to road officials. 

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss told NEWS CENTER Maine that three tractor-trailer trucks were stuck on the "high-level" of the bridge at about 4:45 p.m., likely because of the icy conditions. 

Several cars were also stuck on the bridge, according to Maine Turnpike Authority spokesperson Erin Courtney.

No injuries have been reported. 

Carolyn Hanley, a driver stuck in traffic just before the bridge at the time of the delay, told NEWS CENTER Maine she waited for almost two hours. 

"When we finally got moving, all of the tractor trailers were struggling to get up the incline of the bridge," Hanley said. "My typical 15-minute commute ended up being about 1 3/4 hours."

This wasn't her first time, either. 

"Not so fun fact [...] about 6 years ago I was stuck on the southbound side for almost 4 hours when the roads unexpectedly iced over."

Credit: Maine State Police


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