Bridge Lane Bridge Closed After Accident

Sagaponack Village officials closed the Bridge Lane bridge as a precaution after a pickup truck hit a railing on Monday. Jamie Bufalino

A pickup truck hit a railing on Sagg Bridge in Sagaponack on July 2, demolishing a small section of the structure. The day after the accident, Mayor Donald Louchheim decided to shut down the bridge, thereby closing off its street, Bridge Lane, to through traffic.

The action was taken "out of an abundance of caution and on the advice of the village engineer," said Rhodi Winchell, Sagaponack's clerk-treasurer, adding that the village hopes to have the bridge repaired and reopened in approximately two weeks.

The damage comes a little more than a year after the completion of a $1.2 million project to structurally rehabilitate the bridge, which was built in 1923. The improvements included a new deck, repairs to the causeway and seawall, new curbing and sidewalks, and a repaired railing.