- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a drawbridge connecting the cities of Detroit and River Rouge that’s been closed since 2013 likely will be closed for another year.

The Detroit News reports (https://bit.ly/1FHGm3O ) merchants and city officials on River Rouge’s side of bridge are frustrated by how long it’s taken to get repairs done on the Jefferson Avenue bridge. River Rouge City Councilman and former mayor Dan Cooney says the bridge’s immobility “turned the city into a dead end street.”

Built in 1922, the bridge has been idle since May 2013 after an operator lowered it onto a freighter. Police later determined that the operator was drunk.

A second drawbridge over the Rouge River on nearby Fort Street also has been closed. Officials hope to reopen it in November.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/


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