Bruce McComiskey of Norwich was the senior drawbridge operator of the Mystic River drawbridge when this photo was taken in 1999. He had been working on the 1922 bridge for 31 years but his position was being threatened with changes in staffing proposed by the state Derpatment of Transportation. Most of his days during the winter months were quiet since there is very little boat traffic on the river. In the summer, the action never stopped.
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