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Sideroad 5 Bridge

Bridge No. CW16

Sideroad 5 Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: September 27, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Sideroad 5 Over Carroll Creek Tributary
Centre-Wellington: Wellington County, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1929 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
28.9 Feet (8.81 Meters)
Roadway Width
21.3 Feet (6.49 Meters)
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Compared to the rest of Ontario, this area, particularly Centre-Wellington Township, apparently constructed an unusually large number of old concrete bridges. As of 2015, the area still retained a population density of both concrete bowstring arch bridges and concrete through girder bridges that was much higher than the rest of Ontario. These bridges are being replaced as time goes by however.

This bridge is a representative example of the concrete through girder bridges that were built in this area. This simple, utilitarian-looking bridge type never gained popularity in bridge construction, but was built in the United States and Canada mostly in the 1910s and 1920s.

This bridge has unusual deterioration in the girder, which visually looks like an enormous gouge out of the girder. It is interesting to note that no steel reinforcing rods are visible, suggesting the girders might be composed of unreinforced concrete, or perhaps only are reinforced in the bottom where the girders are in tension (this area not being exposed by the deterioration, so it was not possible to confirm)


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