Compared to most vertical lift bridges, this structure features very small towers. A heavy plate girder-like structure acts as a brace between the two towers, which likely provides rigidity to the towers. The substructure of this bridge was built by Bates and Rogers Construction of Chicago, Illinois, a company run by noteworthy engineers including Onward Bates, a former engineer of railroad bridges. The Cleveland firm, McDowell Company erected the bridge. The electrical contractor was Dingle-Clark.
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