Gillis Bridge drawbridge resumes full operations for marine traffic

MassDOT announces completion of repairs on Route 1 Bridge between Newburyport and Salisbury
Gillis Bridge
Gillis Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced June 2nd that the Gillis Bridge on Route 1 over the Merrimack River has resumed full drawbridge operations for marine traffic. The repairs to the bridge on the Newburyport/Salisbury line were completed early on the morning of June 2nd and the bridge has resumed full operations for marine traffic. Drawbridge operations were impacted beginning May 3, in order to implement repairs to correct some structural deficiencies. Throughout the period of repairs to restore drawbridge operations, the Gillis Bridge remained open to pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.  

MassDOT reminds residents that for more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions. 
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.