BRIDGEPORT - Demolition work began Monday in tearing down the Congress Street bridge in Bridgeport.

The drawbridge has been closed and stuck in the open position for more than a decade.

Mayor Bill Finch says the demolition is being paid for with money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Finch says the city would like to build a replacement, but still needs to raise the estimated more than $40 million a new bridge would cost.