This Bridge Monitors the Environment and Harnesses Tidal Energy

The Memorial Bridge spanning the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth, N.H., to Kittery, Maine, is equipped with a suite of technologies that makes it unlike any other bridge in the world. It has a tidal turbine and associated deployment platform, two weather stations, and structural, environmental, and marine data sensor suites, said Erin Bell, a professor of civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire and principal investigator on the project.

It’s the focus of the Living Bridge project, which aims to show a glimpse of what tomorrow’s smart transportation systems might look like.