LONGBOAT KEY -- The drawbridge of Longboat Pass, which connects Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, was fixed early Thursday afternoon after a shift caused it to jam last week.
"The bridge is open to marine traffic," said Robin Stublen, spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation, which is handling the bridge repairs.
The drawbridge mechanism jammed Oct. 24, after the bridge alignment shifted a couple of inches, which locked it in the down position, according to Stublen. The bridge stayed open to cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
Maintenance crews started repairs on the drawbridge at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Now that it's fixed, Stublen said they're planning to address other problems caused by the shift. Maintenance will resume once officials devise a plan.
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"We have no timeline on permanent repairs," Stublen said. "We have a couple of plans that are in the comment period right now."
Stublen said there have been no shifts on the bridge since midday Saturday, when a gap between the drawbridge and concrete portions widened to 4 inches. A normal gap is 1 1/2 inches.
Drilling is going near the bridge as the town of Longboat Key puts in a standard portable water line, which Juan Florensa, public works director of Longboat Key, said is being installed to update the old line underneath the bridge.
Stublen said officials are not sure what caused the mysterious shift.