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  •  Didn't realize L+D 15 was the largest. From the (12+ / 0-)

    pic it looks like it runs at an angle to the river flow. Wonder what the purpose of that was? And two locks, plus a revolving railroad bridge all built into the design. Wow.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:26:00 AM PST

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    •  Yup. Pretty amazing. (2+ / 0-)
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      Polly Syllabic, RiveroftheWest

      The motor for the swing-span bridge is unbelievably small, not many horsepower at all.  That's because it's so perfectly balanced.

      We are on a bend in the river and one side is attached to Arsenal Island, so it may appear to be at an angle.  Or it may actually be so.  :-)  I grew up with this dam and bridge, not really appreciating it's marvels or importance.  

      It's because of this dam that we get eagles in the winter and now, pelicans in the summer.  In most years, it protects us from floods, keeps river traffic flowing and assures adequate water supply downstream.  As many mistakes as the Corps of Engineers has made in places like NO, they do a great job with our L&D system.

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:49:59 AM PST

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