UPDATE (3:45 p.m.): According to a tweet from MassDOT spokesperson Jacquelyn Goddard, the bridge was able to return to position and Route 6 was reopened to traffic as of 3:41 p.m.

NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge is currently shut down, with neither vehicle traffic nor marine traffic allowed to pass through.

New Bedford Police posted on the department Facebook page at 1:21 p.m. Sunday that the bridge “is temporarily out of order and cannot be used by vehicles, nor can it be passed under by boats.”

“Please avoid the area and make different plans of travel until this issue can be rectified,” police posted.

Just a few moments after that, MassDOT spokesperson Jacquelyn Goddard tweeted that the bridge is “unable to be closed” and that crews are working on this issue.


A plan to replace the 120-year-old bridge with a $100 million project was announced last year. It is expected to start in 2027 if all goes according to plan.

We will update this story as needed.

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