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Portage Lake Lift Bridge opens

August 4, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - At approximately 5:20 p.m., the Portage Lake Lift Bridge opened after being stuck for nearly three hours.

It was the second time in two days the bridge had been stuck. Tuesday afternoon, the bridge was stuck for a half an hour, and officials blamed a broken electrical switch.

During today's near-three hour ordeal, emergency shelters in Houghton and Hancock were open to those who needed them.

Article Photos

Michael H. Babcock/Daily Mining Gazette
Mark DeKoekkoek and his sons Ryan and Grant look at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge from the lookout along U.S. 41 in Hancock. The group, from Texas, was stuck on the north side of the bridge for a few hours today.

See Thursday's Daily Mining Gazette for more details.



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