Extreme Heat Shuts Down NYC Bridge

By Hamodia Staff

Third Avenue Bridge (Google Maps)

New Yorkers weren’t the only ones feeling the heat Monday, as a city bridge became stuck in its open position due to expanded steel in the afternoon of the hottest day of the year, according to the Daily News.

The Third Avenue Bridge, which connects the Bronx with Manhattan, had gone into its open position to allow a ship to pass on the Harlem River at around 3:45 p.m., but was unable to fold back down, as the 95-degree heat had caused the steel in the bridge to expand.

FDNY and DOT workers arrived on boats to douse the bridge in water, but the bridge remained stuck for hours, causing heavy traffic delays before eventually resuming operation at around 6:30 p.m.

The incident occurred as the city faces a heatwave, with a heat advisory issued by city officials in place until Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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