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Fairport Lift Bridge



Photo taken by Frank Hicks in March 2011

BH Photo #195398

Street Views 


Vertical lift bridge over Erie Canal on Main Street (NY 250) in Fairport
Fairport, Monroe County, New York
Open to traffic
Built 1914; rehabilitated 1988, 2021
- F.T. Williams
- H.S. Kerbaugh
- Lackawanna Bridge Co. of Buffalo, New York
Vertical lift, supports raise up out of the ground to lift the bridge. Polygonal Warren truss is both skewed and inclined, so that no two angles are the same, and none of them are square.
Length of largest span: 138.8 ft.
Total length: 159.8 ft.
Deck width: 36.7 ft.
Skew angle
32 degrees
Listed as a contributing resource to the New York State Canal System Historic District
Also called
Erie Canal Bridge
Main Street Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+43.10139, -77.44194   (decimal degrees)
43°06'05" N, 77°26'31" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/301284/4774968 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
NY 4443220 (New York State bridge identification number)
BH 26268 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of October 2018)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 70.6 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • April 25, 2022: Updated by Roger Deschner: Renamed bridge to match Wikipedia, Add NRHP info, builders, truss type, links to many more photos
  • March 22, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 21, 2017: New photos from Dana and Kay Klein
  • March 20, 2017: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 27, 2016: New photo from Dave King
  • October 12, 2013: New Street View added by Douglas Butler
  • March 16, 2011: New photos from Frank Hicks

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Erie Canal Bridge
Posted April 22, 2022, by Bill Worden (wordens [at] gmail [dot] com )

This bridge, locally known as the Main street Lift Bridge, was designed by FT Williams, Manufactured by Lackawanna Bridge Company, and the local Contractor was HS Kerbaugh.

It is unique, as it is on a skew of 35 degrees but also a grade rise of 4% to eliminate a long approach ramp. This results in a structure with absolutely no square corners.

Ref: Fairport History Museum, and Erie Canal.org

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Posted March 21, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Then studied the inventors also since 2000 past 17 years as a student then I drawn just about every single movable bridge type rolling lift bascule bridges heel trunnion bascule bridges bascule bridges single and double leaf double decker bridges lift and swing bridges so I came across bridge hunter and that is the Great source of inspiration for bridges especially with maps

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Posted March 21, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Well as a kid grown up in Ohio I

started drawn ore loaders and ships after I had a dream of a rail bridge of a jackknife type then few days later I seen the actual structure in the raised position abandoned next to Jefferson street and West 3rd street. I started drawidrawing this particular bridge and years later at 12 years old I explore this bridge and ironic this railroad bascule bridge had the counterweight high up above the tracks. Then I explore another bridge next to the Lorain Carniege bridge years later I studied movable drawbridge types around the United States and Canada and foreign bridges at the university library

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Posted March 21, 2017, by Dana and Kay Klein

Douglas how did you know we were visiting this bridge today? Now that's bridge hunting!

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Posted March 21, 2017, by Douglas Butler

Hey Dana

so what got you interested in bridges?