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UPDATE: Ocean City Drawbridge Temporarily Fixed


OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Harry W. Kelly Drawbridge on Route 50 in Ocean City was returned to the downward position just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.  Gee Williams with the Maryland State Highway Administration says cars were allowed back across the bridge just before 8:00 p.m.

 Williams says electricians on scene hand-cranked the bridge closed to alleviate the traffic backups that were occurring on Route 50 throughout the afternoon. He says however, this is just a temporary fix.

Williams says the bridge got stuck open because the motor broke, and crews had to come from Annapolis to try to repair it. Engineers will hand crank the bridge back to the upright position at 10:00 p.m. Saturday to allow boats to go through. Williams says engineers will remain on scene throughout the night to fix the bridge motor. He says one westbound lane of Route 50 will remain closed until the morning. Eastbound lanes will not be impacted.

Williams say crews hope to have the bridge repaired and back to normal operation between 4:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

Maryland State Police and Ocean City Police posted detour signs on Route 50 from Salisbury to Ocean City, re-routing drivers to Route 90.

Police urge drivers to be patient and cautious on the road. They said minor accidents were happening in different areas because of the backups.

If you would like to keep an eye on Route 50 near the drawbridge, you can click here to see Maryland State Highway Administration's live traffic camera.

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