June 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am
Bridgeview Park, Houghton

The American Society of Civil Engineers will dedicate the Portage Lake Bridge as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 am on June 17th, and will be a perfect way to kick off the long-awaited return of Bridgefest. Both City of Hancock and the City of Houghton will receive a plaque to commemorate the bridge’s completion in late 1959, 63 years ago.
The Lift Bridge was recognized back in June of 2019. When the ASCA – Michigan Chapter presented the award for the bridge at their annual conference. The bridge’s MDOT Operation Manager, Ken Filpus, accepted the award then. Portage Lake Lift Bridge was the first to use an intermediate lift span. The lift bridge’s construction implemented many construction advancements made during its time. Many of which are still used today, such as the process of bridge sliding.

The dedication will take place at Bridgeview Park in Houghton.