The busy Stratford Avenue Bridge is once again carrying traffic across the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport.
The bridge was out of service for more than an hour Tuesday morning, stuck in its open position, keeping Bridgeport motorists from crossing the river on Route 130.
The two metal sections of the lift-style bridge were not properly aligned, and a crew from the state Department of Transportation was called in to repair the problem, DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said.
The DOT manages the bridge because it crosses a state route. It also manages the bridge a quarter-mile east that carries Stratford Avenue/Route 130 over the Yellow Mill Creek, Nursick said.
The bridge over the Pequonnock is scheduled for a major overhaul, the DOT spokesman said, but he stressed that it is not unsafe in its present condition.
“It’s a mechanical bridge near salt water, the toughest environment for machinery like that, and so it has mechanical issues from time to time,” Nursick said.
When that happens it means two of the three movable bridges over the Pequonnock River are out of service. The Congress Avenue Bridge, after being stuck in the open position and rusting for years, was torn down two years ago and eventually be replaced. Federal officials have secured initial finding for that $40 million project.
For now, though, take Kossuth Street onto East Washington Avenue and take the East Washington Bridge over the river whenever the Stratford Avenue bridge is out of service.