Officials: Repairs For Damaged Rouge River Drawbridge A Year Away

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Officials say it could be late 2015 before a Detroit drawbridge that was damaged last year when it was lowered onto a passing Great Lakes freighter is working again.

Engineers checked out the bridge on Wednesday ahead of submitting bids to repair the 92-year-old span.

The U.S. Coast Guard has said the bridge operator was drunk when she lowered the bridge onto the top of the 690-foot freighter Herbert C. Jackson. No one was injured, but the bridge was heavily damaged.

Since the May 12 incident, about 6,400 cars and trucks that normally use it daily have been forced to take detours.

The deadline is May 1 for bids on the work, which is expected to be covered by insurance. Construction is to begin in spring 2015.

The bridge operator, a 17-year county employee, was arrested after the incident and later fired.

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