This bridge still carries a lot of vehicular traffic, but it does not raise anymore because this section of the Welland Canal has been shut down and replaced by a newer alignment east of Welland. As such, the counterweights of this bridge have been removed. Removal of the towers was even considered, but luckily, area residents wanted to retain the towers, as a sort of memorial to their canal past. There used to be two more vertical lifts in town, on Ontario and Lincoln Roads, but both have been replaced by nondescript modern bridges. A section of the old canal has even been filled in a ways south of here. Pleasure craft still use the waters here in town however. Despite saving the towers, this bridge has not been taken care of as quite as well as the other operable vertical lift bridges on the Welland Canal. The silver paint on the bridge is flaking away. Hopefully, this bridge will be repainted in the future. The bridge does still retain its original sidewalk guardrails however. The bridge now carries one-way traffic. A nearby modern bridge does the job for eastbound traffic. Compared with other Welland Canal bridges, this bridge is most noted for its skewed alignment.
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