NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge is back open after it got stuck in the upright position Friday afternoon.
The Mass. Department of Transportation warned drivers that the bridge was stuck open around 1:30 p.m., though it began experiencing difficulties after its regularly-scheduled opening at 11:15 a.m.
The bridge remained closed for several hours as crews worked to lower the bridge and evaluate its safety.
Traffic in the area was backed up for miles as police rerouted drivers through detours off of Route 6 and away from the bridge.
12 News was there as crews began cheering once they were finally able to shift the bridge back into position just before 5 p.m.
MassDOT tells 12 News the issue appeared to be a hydraulic jack that was working out of sequence.
While additional technical difficulties aren’t expected, MassDOT said crews will continue to monitor the bridge into the evening.
The bridge carries Route 6 over the Acushnet River between New Bedford and Fairhaven.