You are correct. Bridging will return soon (like tomorrow I hope) and then will be removed again once I sort out all the problems.
Thanks Itamar! I may have found a clue. The roads I've been trying to join are mostly freeways that span across long distances and many towns, cities, counties, etc. I know that one such problem I had was because the node I was trying to remove, actually joined two segments of the freeway but each segment was in a difference county hence the fault.