Gillis Bridge

The Gillis Memorial Bridge between Newburyport and Salisbury is raised to let sailboats pass underneath.

NEWBURYPORT — Tall vessels hoping to scoot underneath the Gillis Memorial Bridge for most of next week will be out of luck as the state makes repairs to the Route 1 bridge that connects Newburyport to Salisbury over the Merrimack River

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Tuesday issued an advisory to boaters, letting them know the drawbridge will be unavailable from Tuesday, May 30, to Friday, June 2.

The channel will, however, remain open to marine vessels that can safely pass under the bridge while it is closed.

The bridge will also remain open to roadway, bicycle and pedestrian traffic during the same four-day period with some short-term lane closures necessary.

Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Newburyport for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.

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