- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) - A drawbridge connecting River Rouge and some other area communities to southwest Detroit has reopened after a three-year shutdown and yearlong construction project.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon at the Jefferson Bascule Bridge.

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.

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said in a statement that the bridge’s closure “has created headaches for residents and negatively impacted the downriver business community.”

Motorists were forced to find alternate routes and business owners said their sales have suffered.

River Rouge Mayor Michael Bowdler in a statement that “the bridge means so much to the community and having it open again is a welcome sight.”

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