The Christina Street Bridge is an expressway overpass that features an arched concrete rigid-frame design. Original railings remain on the bridge. The aesthetic qualities of the railing design as well as the arch-shaped structure combine to form a rare example of an expressway bridge that is genuinely visually attractive.
Ontario used a railing design very similar to Michigan's. Both Michigan and Ontario used this particular design for a number of decades generally finding the heaviest use surrounding 1950s. Both in Ontario and Michigan, the railing panels were sometimes separated by concrete posts or in other cases by steel posts. With bridges like the Kerwood Road Bridge and the Knight Street Bridge, steel was used. With bridges like the Christina Street Bridge and the Sigler Road Bridge, concrete was used.
The Christina Street Bridge was however one of the last remaining bridge of its particular design that retained historic integrity. The bridge was also a recognized heritage bridge by the government of Ontario. Despite this fact, the bridge was demolished and replaced. The replacement bridge does not display a rigid-frame design. Instead, it is merely a typical ugly, simple and non-remarkable structure. It has had non-structural frills and decorations added whose purpose is to attempt to cover up the visually ugly nature of the replacement bridge. This is a contrast from the heritage bridge whose actual structure had an attractive arched design, and any ornamentation was merely to compliment a structure type that already had visually pleasing features. Effort should have been focused on preserving the heritage structure, which acted much like a gateway into Canada for the many people crossing into Canada at the Blue Water Bridge. This gateway function was mentioned in the replacement bridge project documentation. Apparently, the thought was putting the frills on the replacement bridge would maintain this attractive gateway feature. Instead, all it does is tell Americans entering Canada that Canada does not care about its heritage any more than the United States does.
This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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