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Stuck Drawbridge Causes Headaches for Cambridge Locals and Visitors

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Cambridge residents are still grumbling after the Maryland Avenue Drawbridge broke down on Saturday for eight hours.

State Highway Administration spokesperson Gee Williams says the bridge was closed due to an electrical problem from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 

The closed bridge caused traffic backups throughout town Saturday.  One of the people caught up in the confusion was Karen Fishell, who was trying to get to her store downtown.

"Even living here I thought I'll go down this way, and that street was a dead end.  And then I made about three more turns and they were all dead ends.  But I made it through, I just looked for Route 50 and headed in that direction and came through town the other way." said Fishell.

Maryland Avenue is the main thoroughfare to get to downtown Cambridge.  Tony Mcduffie says he often gets stuck when the bridge opens in the morning to allow boats through.  He says there needs to be more ways to warn if the bridge is open.

"Post some signs.  In the morning time, when I go to work, it's a pain because you never know when they are going to raise it." said Mcduffie.

Williams says although the bridge is 76-years-old, it is inspected six times a year, and has had numerous parts upgraded or replaced, making it a rare occurrence that it jams open.  He also says that the bridge is still structurally sound.  Antwine Ennals, who works at Paul's Subs near the bridge, says despite all that work, the bridge still breaks at least once a year.

"It seems like once a year, like clockwork.  Like once a year to the date it will break down." said Ennals.

Williams says there are no plans to replace the drawbridge in the foreseeable future.

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