Updated June 5
The drawbridge over the entrance into the Lagoon in Vineyard Haven was stuck in the open position for around five hours Friday, causing serious traffic congestion throughout Tisbury into the evening.
Around 3:30 pm Friday, the drawbridge went up to let a boat through, and was unable to go back down due to a power failure.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation sent an electrician to the scene, who was able to lower the bridge. It was open to vehicular traffic at 8:48 pm.
A spokesperson for the state agency said that they determined the failure to be an electrical problem in the bridge’s control panel.
Local law enforcement urged drivers to avoid the area and seek alternative routes for the time being.
“Standard temporary traffic control measures are in place including a local police detail to help direct traffic,” MassDOT said in a statement Friday afternoon. “Drivers who are traveling near the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.”
Hospital officials said at the time that they did not expect the bridge breakdown to impact their operations. Emergency personnel can access the hospital with alternate routes.