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Twyn Rivers Drive Rouge River Bridge

   


Twyn Rivers Drive Rouge River Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: April 12, 2011
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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Twyn Rivers Drive Over Rouge River
Location
Toronto: Toronto City, 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

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

Twyn Rivers Drive is a very scenic road that winds through Glen Rouge Park in far eastern Toronto. When driving the road, the driver is instantly transported from a suburban environment into a natural setting that feels like it is miles away from Toronto. One of the most unique aspects of the drive is that it crosses two rivers, the Rouge River and Little Rouge River, and each crossing is a heritage bridge. Even more interesting, each bridge is a completely different structure type. The Rouge River crossing is a metal truss bridge, while the Little Rouge River crossing is a concrete bowstring through arch (rainbow arch) type bridge. This contrast of bridge types within a short distance from each other makes for a very unique setting.

This is the metal truss bridge crossing on the road. The one lane bridge is a traditionally composed Warren pony truss with riveted connections. It sits on concrete abutments which appear to have been reconstructed. While the bridge does not present any unusual design details, the bridge is still a valuable heritage bridge because it contributes in such a positive manner to the scenic Twyn Rivers Drive and surrounding park, and is part of a heritage bridge group with the nearby concrete arch. Further, like all riveted truss bridges, it is an example of an attractive structure type that is disappearing from today's roads as they are being replaced at a high rate, making the preservation of those examples which survive more important. Given what appears to be a largely recreational role of Twyn Rivers Road, the one lane bridge appears to be sufficient for the needs and use of the roadway. The bridge should be maintained and preserved in place for continued light vehicular use.

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