There's nothing worse I can think of than being stuck at the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge when you're in a rush to get somewhere.

For the most part, we've all been there.

And I get why the bridge needs to stop traffic and open throughout the day. After all, if the vessels can't go through, then there is no seafood at your favorite local restaurants.

Trust me, I was that hypocrite who loved seafood but hated the bridge closing. Now I have a more positive understanding and outlook on getting stuck on the bridge.

Regardless of how inconvenient it may be.

I often find myself contemplating if I should take the chance by heading toward the bridge or going around on I-195 to get from New Bedford to Fairhaven and vice versa. It wasn't until today that I realized that there's actually a daily set time that the bridge opens up to marine traffic and it's my civic duty to inform the public of the set schedule:

The times are 6, 7, 8, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m., and 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, 5:15 and 6:15 p.m.

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How long the bridge stays open depends on how many boats are coming and going through the harbor, but it's safe to say that the average wait time is around 20 minutes.

Now, keep in mind, according to Standard Marine Outfitters, that by law, marine traffic has priority over vehicular traffic. Simply put, you might find yourself stuck at the bridge late at night on your way to a friend's house or downtown and that's just the way it is.

Use this guide as a helpful tool the next time you're planning your commute.

It just might save you from getting stuck at the bridge.

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