UPDATE: Oceanic Bridge Fixed, Open
Debris stuck in the moveable span's gears deemed the cause for the drawbridge to be stuck in the upright position on both the Rumson and Middletown sides for about an hour this morning
If you were planning to cross the Oceanic Bridge earlier this morning, your plans were foiled for about an hour, but the bridge is now open to traffic again, according to Monmouth County officials.
"The closure was required when a minor maintenance issue occurred during a regular bridge opening," an email from the county said. "The bridge operator discovered debris on the gear that opens and closes the bascule span. County bridge staff responded, cleared the debris, tested the bridge and reopened the bridge to vehicle traffic."
The drawbridge was stuck open in the upright position on both its Rumson and Middletown sides for roughly one hour, from shortly after 9 to roughly 10:15 a.m.
In Rumson, all lanes at Bingham Avenue headed toward the bridge were closed by police. The left turn lane heading east from East River Road onto Bingham was been coned off and the right turn lane heading west on East River Road onto Bingham was closed.
All traffic barriers have been removed.
Police were stationed at Bingham at about 9:30 a.m., but left shortly after with barriers in place. According to county officials, at about 10 a.m., "The county supervisor of bridges released law enforcement on both sides of the bridge."
The drawbridge part of the bridge, technically called the bascule span, recently underwent a major overhaul and re-opened at the end of May after several months of being closed for the repairs.
*This is a breaking news story, which will be updated as more information becomes available.