The Memorial Bridge was a through truss lift bridge that carried U.S. 1 across the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Badger's Island in Kittery, Maine USA. The bridge was closed permanently to vehicle traffic on July 27, 2011, with a replacement to be built by July 2013. The bridge closed to pedestrians and cyclists on January 9, 2012. Removal of the main lift span of the bridge was completed on February 8, 2012.The lift span could be fully opened to allow large commercial vessels to pass. During summer, the lift section was partially elevated every half-hour between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for smaller commercial and recreational boat traffic. The bridge was the only one of the three Portsmouth Harbor bridges with provisions for pedestrians and bicycles. New Hampshire and Maine designated the bridge as part of their State Bicycle Routes, and the bridge was part of the proposed East Coast Greenway. Kittery is situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River just north of the New Hampshire border. Settled in 1632 by the British, it is Maine’s oldest settlement. Many of the state’s oldest homes are located here, and diverse examples of fine architecture abound. The First Congregational Church in Kittery Point, circa 1730, is Maine’s oldest remaining house of worship. Shipbuilding began in Kittery in the 17th century, and the first ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy was launched from here in 1777. This coastal town has long been a gathering place for summer tourists, and in the 1800s it was the getaway of choice for a number of famous artists and writers. Kittery’s sandy beaches and stunning ocean views still draw visitors by the thousands. Juxtaposed with the cobblestone streets, quaint pubs, and antique shops of old Kittery are the more than 120 stores of the Kittery Outlets, located on coastal Route 1. Shoppers can find everything—from outdoor gear to fine china—on this mile-long strip of brand name shops. Many items are marked 20 - 60 percent below the prices found in regular retail stores.