- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) - About 60 percent of the repair work on a drawbridge connecting River Rouge and some other area communities to Detroit has been completed.

Wayne County officials say the Jefferson Avenue bridge is on track to reopen in the fall.

County officials are expected to update elected leaders in River Rouge on Tuesday night on the project.

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.

Merchants and River Rouge officials have complained about the time taken to fix the bridge.

County Executive Warren Evans says the bridge is “a vital component” to making River Rouge and nearby Ecorse “even more viable places to live, work and do business.”


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