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Boundary Bridge 44

   


Boundary Bridge 44

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 21, 2012
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Simcoe Street Over Talbot River (Trent-Severn Waterway)
Location
Rural: Kawartha Lakes City, Ontario and Simcoe County, Ontario
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an outstanding example of a heritage swing bridge on the Trent-Severn Waterway. The bridge has vertical end posts. This bridge is noted for its high degree of historic integrity with no major alterations to the truss detected. Like many of the Trent Severn Waterway movable bridges, the electrical control equipment appears to have been upgraded. The control equipment in use today is unusual in that it is housed in a simple steel box located next to the bridge. There is no "bridge tender house" as it typically found with movable bridges within which is housed the control equipment. There is a shelter for the bridge tender near where the control equipment is located, but no control equipment is located within this building.

The truss appears to remain in good condition. However, the concrete pier shows signs of deterioration.

The Trent Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada. As such, one would think that all the heritage structures that contribute to the heritage of the greater waterway would receive the highest preservation priority. The Trent Severn Waterway has had a number of heritage bridges crossing it. However, some of these bridges have been demolished and replaced, in particular, swing bridges. The replacements often are given a design that simulates the appearance of the heritage bridge. However such efforts cannot be considered to be a form of preservation, nor can the replacement bridges be described as heritage bridges. Only original bridges like the Boundary Channel 44 Bridge can be considered heritage bridges. With the population of such bridges on the waterway decreasing, it is hoped that a high priority will be given to preserving and rehabilitating this bridge, with a focus placed on maintaining original bridge material and design, particularly with the significant metal truss superstructure.

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