I-95 reopened in Portsmouth after power, cable lines removed

March 8, 2018

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire State Police say Interstate 95 in Portsmouth has reopened after downed power and cable lines were stretched across both sides of the highway for three hours.

Officials say a utility pole snapped on Thursday morning and the wires were knocked down near the Route 33 overpass. Police said it appears heavy snow caused the damage.

Traffic was brought to a standstill. Utility workers removed the lines and the highway was reopened at about 10:30 a.m. But they said they would have to close it again to replace the lines. It wasn’t clear when that would happen.

Snow totals reached up to 15 inches in southeast New Hampshire and at least 18 inches in Sunapee. At its peak, the storm knocked out power to about 60,000 customers.

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