This bridge is a short through truss with pinned connections. Pin-connected truss bridges are rare in Ontario, and this example is the only known pin-connected through truss in the area. The bridge and road once served the Barberton community, a community that developed around a textile mill. Little is left of this community today, however the bridge remains. It is open only to pedestrians today. The bridge was reported to have a ca. 1898 construction date. When documented in 2012, aside from alterations to the layout and railings of the deck, the truss itself retained good historic integrity. It had not been painted. 2019 photos reveal that a major change had occured at this brdge. New abutments have been constructed, and a load-bearing prefab "Mail Order Bridge" had been stuck inside the trusses. As such, the heritage truss is only supporting itself, and does not carry any live load. Pin-connected truss bridges such as this bridge are feasible to restore for pedestrian use. It is unclear why the historic integrity (and visual quality) of this bridge was decreased by this highly unusual alteration. It is preferable to demolition of the bridge, but it also stands to reason that the actual heritage truss could have been rehabilited for continued pedestrian use without the need to stuff a modern prefab bridge inside it.
Above: Bridge in 2019 showing modern prefab bridge stuffed inside the heritage truss bridge. Photo Credit: Caleb Barker.
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