Portage Bridge Issues Discussed

What would happen if the Portage Lift Bridge was suddenly unusable?

“That white paper will describe in detail the problems and solutions to a prolonged bridge outage and they are many…to say the least.”

That’s Houghton County Commissioner Dennis Barrette…who reported on the latest Bridge Committee meeting.

The Committee considered several locations for a portable bridge in case of an emergency.

Barrette continued, “The committee has decided to go from approximately where the Quincy Smelter is over to some beach front which is right by the Isle Royale National Park headquarters.”

The cities of Houghton and Hancock would still need to approve the plan before moving forward.

Meetings will be set up so that anyone affected by the portable bridge can share their concerns.

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