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Ocean City Drawbridge Repairs Complete

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 OCEAN CITY, Md. - After working throughout the night and the morning, Maryland state Highway Administration crews officially completed the repairs Sunday afternoon to the Ocean City drawbridge on Route 50.

Officials say, as of 12:15 p.m. Sunday, complications to the Harry W. Kelley Memorial Bridge were fully restored and the drawbridge is now operating under the regular scheduled opening and closing time periods.

Traffic in Ocean City was brought to a standstill for about five hours Saturday when the drawbridge became stuck in the "up" position around 3:00 p.m. While residents and visitors were urged to use alternate routes to enter and exit the resort, many people were already caught in the congestion, officials say.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., Maryland State Highway Administration crews were able to lower the bridge and open the roadway to traffic. The road remained open to drivers and small marine vessels, however; the area remained closed to large marine vessels, officials say.

Officials say the bridge got stuck because of a mechanical failure, and crews had hoped to have the broken motor fixed by 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.  However, the repairs took longer than expected, fully restoring normal operations on the bridge by Sunday afternoon.

A state report from 2012 says the four-lane drawbridge was built in 1942 and named after a former mayor of Ocean City. The reports says that in 2011 the bridge carried an average of 48,600 vehicles on Saturdays in the summer.
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