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This unusual skewed lift bridge has a colorful history which has resulted in a 1960 superstructure sitting on a 1930 substructure. The 1930 bridge was destroyed when an ice floe ripped a ship loose, and it drifted down river right into the bridge. A new bridge was built on the old substructure and completed in 1960. The tower is skewed to the main span, and the sheaves are not parallel.
There once was another bridge a short distance from this one over the ship canal, but it was demolished and never replaced, despite some studies about replacement.
In the photo gallery there are photos of a fire boat, the Edward M. Cotter, part of the Buffalo Fire Department. In the winter time, its used as an ice breaker on the river.
Above: Bridge after being destroyed by a ship in January 1959.
Above: Bridge in raised position. Photo Credit: Josh Schmid, CC BY-SA, bridgehunter.com/ny/erie/2260450/
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