Friday, March 10, 2017

Lifted Up

The Main Street Bridge (a.k.a. The Blue Bridge)
is the iconic symbol of Jacksonville.

Instead of being a traditional drawbridge,
it is a LIFT bridge.

I got to see it in action.

Starting to go up.

Fully lifted to let the tug go under.

The week after we moved here a cruise ship misjudged the channel
and got wedged under this bridge.

As you can imagine it was the headline story on the evening news for days,
and I'm sure the poor captain was mighty embarrassed.


  1. Lift bridges are cool!
    There's one like that in our city too - though not quite as long. In the Niagara region there are several that cross the Welland Canal. A couple lifts like that, a couple that split in the centre and fold up.
    Several years back, something happened and one of the bridges started coming down as a ship was coming under it. Thanks to Youtube you can see it!
    Amazingly, no one was hurt.

  2. That's cool! I've never seen a lift bridge. Fletch has...I feel deprived!