A motorcycle is parked alongside a portable toilet on the newly constructed Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, connecting Maine and New Hampshire. Maine transportation officials say the toilet remains there as they await connection of a water line to the bridge operator's house, which will allow for a flushing toilet there. Credit: Rich Beauchesne | Portsmouth Herald

KITTERY, Maine — So what’s with the singular Porta Potty impeding the down-river view from the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge?

That’s the question many drivers have been asking this summer. Despite completion of the bridge’s construction, and its heavily-attended opening celebration in June, a portable toilet remains on the center span of the bridge.

According to Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Ted Talbot, the installation of the water line to the bridge’s operator house is not yet complete, as they await parts. The installation of the water line will take place the week of Aug. 20, he said.

In the meantime, drivers will have to withstand just three more weeks of a Piscataqua River view obstructed by the port-a-potty.

Talbot joked that DOT may decide to hold another “media day” on the bridge, so the public can hear the “inaugural flush.”

The new Long Bridge opened to traffic March 30, following months of construction delays and disputes between DOT and general contractor Cianbro. In June, DOT held a bridge walk celebration open to the public, where dignitaries spoke about the bridge’s significance and its representation of strong partnerships between Maine and New Hampshire.

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