This bridge is a "rainbow arch" bridge, technically known as a concrete bowstring through arch.
Very few of Ontario's beautiful heritage rainbow arch bridges have been rehabilitated. However, Lambton County made a smart and sensible decision to rehabilitate this beautiful bridge. It is a nice gateway into the tiny village of Warwick coming from the east, and is a beautiful example of an noteworthy type of bridge. It should continue to be a beautiful landmark for the Warwick area for many years to come.
The rehabilitation of the bridge maintained the historic integrity of the bridge with the one exception being that the railings were replaced.
Mary K. Villalba contacted HistoricBridges.org and noted that a newspaper article indicated that her grandfather Stanley Vaughan Jones was superintendent for the construction of the bridge.
Despite the 2004 rehab, in 2019, this bridge was demolished and replaced, a sad outcome to be sure. However, the new bridge, a 23.0 meter span bridge of prestressed concrete girders, while lacking heritage significance, does incorporate decorative arches that closely resemble the load-bearing arches of the former heritage bridge. This was the outcome of the Environmental Assessment for the project which included community input that indicated a desire to retain the landmark appeal of the arches. Thus, visitors can still visit this bridge and get a rough idea what the historic bridge looked like, particularly from the perspective of driving across the bridge. The effort is worth noting because the proportions of the decorative arch closely resemble the heritage bridge, this is not often the case when new bridges attempt to replicate desirable features of a heritage bridge that is replaced. Below are photos of the new bridge courtesy of Andrew Ross P.E. of B. M. Ross and Associates Limited who designed the replacement bridge.
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