After being closed for several weeks, Bay City’s Liberty Bridge re-opened around 3:30 this afternoon to regular vehicular traffic after needed repairs.

The draw bridge had been closed since June 28th due to issues with a gear box, which Bay City Director of Public Works Robert Dion said could have lead to catastrophic damage if it had been run any longer.

Residents had expressed frustration after the closure kept the bridge raised through the 4th of July Fireworks, Rockin’ the River Races and Concert, and Tall Ships Celebration, but Dion said it was a matter of public safety.