London Tower Bridge, which crosses the Thames in the heart of Britain’s capital, opened on Saturday, plunging traffic into chaos and awe.
The historic swing and suspension bridge was not closed after it opened to allow ships to pass under the Thames.
City of London Police tweeted shortly after 5:00 p.m. that the bridge was closed to pedestrians and traffic and mechanics were working to resolve the issue.
An hour later, police tweeted that the bridge was reopening.
“This afternoon the bridge had technical problems and the bridge was stuck on a hill,” said the London Corporation, which owns the bridge.
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The Tower Bridge is 244 meters long and its towers are 65 meters high. It was built between 1886 and 1894.
According to the company, it was “the largest and most complex drawbridge ever built”.
The bases, from the French word for swing, have been powered by steam-powered hydraulic systems that have been running on oil and electricity since 1976.