Trip Home for Holiday Delayed

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette

Traffic on the Houghton side of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was backed up to the Michigan Technological University campus along College Avenue on Wednesday afternoon during an hour-long outage. When the bridge went up about 3:50 p.m. to let a U.S. Coast Guard boat through, an electrical malfunction prevented it from lowering all the way, said bridge operator Dave Poisson. After workers manually fixed the problem, the bridge was restored to normal operations at 4:55 p.m.