Third Avenue Bridge reopens to traffic after getting stuck halfway due to heat

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Third Ave Bridge reopens to traffic after getting stuck due to extreme heat
Lucy Yang has more on the Third Avenue Bridge getting stuck because of the hot weather.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The Third Avenue Bridge, which connects Manhattan and the Bronx, reopened to traffic Monday night after getting stuck halfway because of overheating machinery.

NewsCopter 7 was over the scene, where FDNY marine units were spraying the bridge with water in an attempt to cool down the equipment.

FDNY officials say the bridge became stuck in an open position on the Bronx side around 2:45 p.m.

The New York City Department of Transportation said it was the result of heat expansion of the steel.

All lanes of the swing bridge were shut down in both directions between Manhattan and the Bronx temporarily as crews worked on the bridge.

The bridge reopened for vehicles in both directions around 6:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.


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