Officials warn boaters to stay away from crumbling bridge in Hooksett
HOOKSETT — An unused railroad bridge on the Merrimack River is at risk of collapse, and officials are warning boaters to stay away.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is warning boaters on the Merrimack River to beware of dangerous conditions at the Lilac Bridge, which is south of the Fish and Game Department's Lambert Park public boat access facility.
Per the Town of Hooksett, the Lilac Bridge is now condemned and may collapse without notice. It is recommended that boaters not approach or travel under the bridge.
Demolition of the damaged bridge is scheduled to occur between July 7 and July 12.
The town, along with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, had attempted to sell the bridge in 2016 through an auction, but were unable to find a buyer.
Due to it's significant engineering, the bridge was eligible to be named in the National Register of Historic Places.
For further information, contact Hooksett Public Works at 603-668-8019, or Hooksett police at (603) 624-1560.