Portland Press Herald: The owners of the oil tanker that damaged a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the 2 states seeking about $2.4 million in compensation.
The owners say costs to repair the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which reopened Monday [May 13], “constitute an improvement or betterment of the bridge” with new parts, so there should be a reduction in claimed damages. They also say the two states are “guilty of negligence to such a degree” that the states should be barred from recovering any damages, or recover a reduced amount.
The 473’ tanker MV Harbour Feature struck the bridge on April 1 after breaking away from a pier.
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