Monday, December 30, 2013

Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

 Lift Bridge - the road is UP

This bridge goes over the canal between two cities: Burlington and Hamilton. Large ships pass regularly through the canal from Lake Ontario into Hamilton Harbour, a busy port.

Boat about to go under bridge

I like this canal because vacationing waterfowl from the Arctic spend time here in winter. Although ships pass through,  ducks are present when the canal is otherwise quiet.

 Road is coming down

You cannot see the traffic, but there are quite a few cars waiting or the road to come back down. It was early morning and a few motorists needed to get to work.

 Driving across the bridge

This is what the elevated road looks like when it's back at traffic level.

Bridge seen from east side of pier

After crossing the bridge, we parked and walked out onto the pier that stretches out into Lake Ontario. And look who was swimming in the canal!

Male Long-tail duck

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42 comments:

Red Nomad OZ said...

What a cool bridge!! It's a great way to have the best of both worlds - and who cares if you have to wait when there are exotica like those amazing ducks to look at??!!

Lowell said...

This brings back lots of memories. When I was a kid we lived in Duluth with the famous which has a lift bridge much like this one. We'd go down just to watch the bridge go up! And we drove over it on our honeymoon so many years ago! Thanks for the memories. Looks so cold there, tho!

Revrunner said...

I'm sorry. I just couldn't resist singing "Low bridge ev'ry body down . . ." :-)

Carole M. said...

technology is amazing...

VioletSky said...

Home (to me!)
I always get a little excited when I see the bridge is up. Very soon the shipping season will be over.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Clever idea to accommodate commerce. I like the picture of the boat about to go under the elevated bridge … one can easily image it is sitting on dry land from a distance.

Kate said...

The bridges are fun to watch as they operate, but if one is in a hurry to get to the other side in a vehicle on land, it is a bit of an annoyance to some drivers.

Terri Buster said...

What a neat bridge- great shots of it too, and a cute duck to boot! Looks very chilly there!

see you there! said...

Great bridge. I'd love to watch it go up and down. Well, if I wasn't in line to cross it I'd enjoy watching it.

Birdman said...

Bridges like this are simply amazing. Who thought up these things?

TexWisGirl said...

an engineering marvel!

DawnTreader said...

That's a kind of bridge I've never seen here. Interesting. Happy New Year!

Judy said...

That is an interesting bridge! So glad to get to see it.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Pretty neat. I guess it takes awhile to complete the whole process.

Bill Nicholls said...

Think we have a couple of bridges like that over here.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Those bridges are engineering marvels! There is one in the Duluth harbor on Lake Superior. It is fun to watch the ships go under.
I love the lighthouse in the background too!

Gail Dixon said...

The duck is so beautiful! Interesting bridge, too!

Linda W. said...

I love bridges - especially draw bridges. We have several over the Willamette River in downtown Portland. It's fun to watch a bridge lift.

RedPat said...

Just imagine the traffic if there was no Skyway there!

Sylvia K said...

That is an awesome bridge! WOW! Terrific captures for the day, EG, as always and a great look at your world!! Wishing you beautiful skies, great weather and a very Happy and Productive New Year!!! Enjoy!

Sylvia

mick said...

Great photos of a very interesting bridge. The duck is beautiful!

acreativeharbor.com said...

Great bridge photos ~ happy new year to you too ~ carol, xxx

My name is Riet said...

Happy 2014 for you and yours.

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful looking duck and bridge of course. Happy New Year.

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking bridge! And I love the long-tailed duck! Great photos.
Wishing you all the best in 2014, Happy New Year to you and your family!

Photo Cache said...

Happy New Year. Thank you for all the lovely photos you shared this year.

maryaustria said...

Impressive bridge! Great series of photos!

edenhills said...

How cool! We just don't have things like that around here.

jeannettestgermain said...

Interesting to see how they resolved letting the boats go through (a common "problem" in Holland since there are so many water ways). Great shots as always! Have a happy New Tear:)

colleen said...

Reminds me of home. I like the duck shot.

Small City Scenes said...

Neat lift bridge. Many rivers here so many different kinds of bridges. Several in Everet crossing the Snohomish river. Only maddening if one has to wait for a barge or bigger boat to go through. Also maddening if it is a small sailboat with an extra tall mast. LOL MB

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Very interesting pictures. I love the look of that Long-tailed Duck.

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the bridge. Very huge.

Randy said...

That is one strong looking bridge.

Our photos said...

We wish you a pleasant year change
Until next year
RW & SK

Birgitta said...

What a cool bridge! Great shots!

Halcyon said...

I love those "lifty bridges". You got some great shots of it in action!
Hope you've got some big plans for tonight. We are going "downtown" to celebrate with the masses. :)

RuneE said...

That was a rare sight for me. I don't think we have any in the whole of Norway. Very Interesting.

Happy New Year!

Indrani said...

Great captures of the bridge, looks like a strong structure.
Happy New Year to you!

ladyfi said...

Nice shots!

William Kendall said...

A striking looking duck!

I don't think I've ever been on that bridge- aside perhaps from childhood. Anytime I've passed through the area it's been over the larger skyway bridge.

Rose said...

It would be interesting to watch this bridge....I wonder what it feels like to be on it when it raises up.

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