|This bascule bridge carries Norfolk Southern trains from South Carolina into downtown Augusta (where they travel down the middle of Sixth Street to connect with other lines). Built for Southern Railway in 1912, it has a 101-foot lift span designed by the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company of Chicago.
To open for riverboats, the bridge span would roll back on the two huge rocker-shaped segmental girders. As the counterweight above the segmental girders descended, the truss bridge span would rise. In the closed position, the bridge allows trains to pass beneath the counterweight and between the segmental girders.