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Bridge Hits Boat: Repairs For Bridge A Year Away

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DETROIT (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.

According to our media partners at MLive engineers checked out the bridge Wednesday ahead of submitting bids to repair the 92-year-old span.

The U.S. Coast Guard has said the bridge operator was drunk May 12 when she lowered the bridge onto the top of the 690-foot freighter Herbert C. Jackson. No one was injured. Since then, 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 was later fired.

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