Lincoln, NH, November 23, 2011: Loon Mountain’s temporary two-lane vehicular bridge, which replaced the damaged Loon Mountain Resort bridge, opened this afternoon just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. The temporary two-lane vehicular bridge will stay in place until the main bridge can be repaired next spring.
Repair work on the main bridge is slated to begin next spring, after the ski season ends, and will be conducted by an independent third-party contractor to be hired by the Town of Lincoln. The timeline for repair work and the main bridge reopening is not yet available.
Tropical Storm Irene dumped up to 10 inches of rain over the area on August 28, causing the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River to flood, undermining the bridge abutments and rendering Route 112/The Kancamagus Highway impassable east of the Resort. NH DOT closed the bridge on August 28 and then a portion of the bridge collapsed on August 31. A temporary pedestrian bridge was put in place for the 36th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games, which took place on September 16-18, 2011, and Route 112/The Kancamagus Highway was opened a week ahead of schedule on September 10, in plenty of time for the important foliage season.
“We would like to thank Governor Lynch, who recognizes the importance of tourism and the ski industry to the State’s economy, and who made a quick resolution possible in time for the Highland Games and the important upcoming winter ski season,” said Rick Kelley, Loon Mountain Resort’s president and general manager. “We would also like to thank NH DOT, the Town of Lincoln and all the utility companies for their many hours of work on an aggressive schedule to reopen this important access to Loon Mountain.”
Loon Mountain opened for the 2011-2012 winter season on November 20, 2011, and celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with 8 inches of fresh snow, 64 acres and 4.5 miles of top-to-bottom terrain open for skiers and riders. New England Passes and Frequent Skier Cards are now on sale.
For latest updates, pass information, and a full calendar of events, visit www.loonmtn.com.