Finally, in 2009 the present bridge replacement was completed, which is how the museum got the aforementioned gears and gate. During construction, yet another walkway was built along with a temporary bridge tender’s shack on stilts.
In 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, the bridge machine room flooded and destroyed the two 15-horsepower electric motors causing the bridge to be inoperable for many months. Once or twice a week, the Falmouth Department of Public Works would send about three men down to manually crank open the bridge, which took about 30 minutes to open and 30 minutes to close. This was an extremely labor intensive operation and would wear out a worker in just a few minutes when another man would have to relieve him. Since the bridge has been fixed, the concrete foundation of the cellar has been raised and two big pumps have been added to avoid future catastrophic flooding occurs again.