The famous Tower Bridge in London has become stuck in its open position on Aug. 9 due to a technical issue, leaving cars and pedestrians unable to cross.
The City of London Police confirmed on Twitter that the 127-year-old bridge was stuck due to a “technical failure,” urging citizens to avoid the area.
The two sides of the bridge became stuck in an upright position around 3 p.m. local time after it opened to allow a tall ship to pass through.
A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation, which owns the bridge, told PA Media that they were “working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”
The long lines of traffic across the city caused by the bridge was resolved around 9 p.m., according to updates from Transport for London.
However, British news outlet The Guardian reported that the Tower Bridge will remain stuck open overnight and could cause further traffic problems on Aug. 10.
In August 2020, the bridge also became stuck due to a “mechanical failure,” leaving it open for over an hour.
The bridge normally opens about 800 times a year with the times arranged at least 24 hours in advance.
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