BNSF - Portage Canal Lift Bridge
The bridge is very short, crossing a narrow navigation canal
Photo taken by Robert Thompson in February 2012
BH Photo #224661
This bridge was built as a vertical-lift span to allow for steamboat and barge navigation on the Portage Canal which connects the Fox River to the Wisconsin River. In 1951, Congress removed the mandate for maintaining navigation between Berlin, WI and the connection to the Wisconsin River; soon after, the railroad removed the lift towers, permanently rendering the bridge a fixed span. A few pieces of the mechanism still remain on the span.
- September 15, 2014: New photo from Luke
- February 6, 2012: Updated by Daniel Hopkins: Added category "Railroad"
- February 5, 2012: Added by Robert Thompson