Erie Canal overview
Looking Northwest. It looks like it was in a raised position while it was being renovated.
|Upstate New York Railfan, Nov 2020|
Looking Southeast. This view catches the skew of the bridge across the canal. The bridge has a 32-degree skew and 4% grade. [HAER-data, p2] It looks like the south side is higher. The photo of a plaque below confirms that.
|Thomas Griebel, Oct 2018|
Because of the 32-degree skew and 4% grade, no two corners have the same angle.
|Jay Zbaczyniak (zbcznk), Sep 2016, cropped|
|Jay Zbaczyniak (zbcznk), Sep 2016|
Construction is a lot easier if you can remove the water.
|1 of many photos in ErieCanal|
"Clearance under the Fairport Lift Bridge is approximately 6 feet when lowered (this varies from one side to the other due to the slope of the bridge), with a lift of 10 feet 7 inches. At normal water levels, clearance when raised is 16.3 feet, with a minimum at high water of 15.7 feet."
|John Kucko Digital posted|
Transformation Tuesday: Each season delivers its own brand of beauty here in New York State. 80 days and counting until the Erie Canal opens for the season (Fairport, NY).
|Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor posted|
The Fairport lift bridge is known for its unusual configuration. Built in 1914 as part of the Barge Canal, it carries main street across the canal at a 32-degree angle, and slopes southwest to northeast. The bridge is lower on the north side than the south; one side of the bridge is longer than the other. The bridge is an unusual decagon, no two angles are the same, and no corners are square. 📸: Fairport, Nikki Bittner Photography
I found a photo of the raised position that lets us see some of the sheaves that control the cables between the lift posts and the counterweights.
|Photo via ErieCanal|
As expected, since it is an Erie Canal bridge, it has stairways so that pedestrians can use the bridge when it is raised.
|Street View, May 2022|