According to officials, the bridge had a 25-year-old control system that needed replacement. They say the system recently failed and officials were no longer able to locate and procure replacement parts.
Builders say the new control system will have an auxiliary drive backup system. They say they also plan to replace existing traffic gates.
The United States Coast Guard has granted the DOT a temporary deviation from normal bridge operations. Officials say there will be no bridge openings through Thursday, September 14th in order to allow the work to get done.
Builders believe the entire project will be completed on November 30th of this year.
Officials say traffic lane restrictions on Route 156 eastbound and westbound between 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday from November 1st through November 21st and November 27th through November 30th. may become necessary.
Motorists are urged to drive safely through these areas.