Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Broadway Bascule Bridge

This bridge is the first moving bridge that boats and ships pass through on the way from Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee River and downtown. It is a bascule style of bridge, which means that it is counterweighted to assist the opening and closing of the bridge. While it is called the Broadway Bascule Bridge, it is actually on Young Street, which connects Pittsburgh Street on the west side of the river with Milwaukee Street on the east side. Many of the bridges over the river cross at strange angles, due to the fact that many of the streets on the east and west sides were intentionally built so that they could not be connected. More on that some other time.

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