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Black Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 21, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Black Bridge Road Over Speed River
Location
Cambridge: Waterloo Region, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1916 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1989
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
114.8 Feet (34.99 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: This heritage bridge is at risk for demolition and replacement!

Sign An Online Petition In Favor of Saving This Heritage Bridge!

This bridge is a traditionally composed example of a rivet-connected through truss bridge in Ontario. This type of bridge was once common in Ontario but is becoming rare due to demolition and replacement. This bridge was officially designated as a heritage bridge in Ontario, and the Waterloo Region also installed interpretive signage at the bridge to allow visitors to learn more about the bridge. However, the bridge is now facing a risk of demolition and replacement. A study is underway to look at the bridge and the road it serves and according to local news articles one idea is to demolish and replace the one lane heritage bridge with a two lane structure, or even creating a massive four lane bridge. This is deeply concerning and it is hoped that alternatives to demolition would be considered. Options might include constructing a new one lane bridge next to the existing bridge to form a one way couplet of bridges. Also, the bridge could be left as is but with stop light signals added to safely and predictably control the flow of one lane traffic. Finally, the bridge could also be relocated and reused in a new location, perhaps for non-motorized traffic. It should also be noted that a number of local residents are opposed to replacement and are in support of preserving the one lane heritage bridge.

Information and Findings From Waterloo Region Heritage Bridge Inventory

Waterloo Region Assigned Heritage Ratings:

Overall Score: 62. (Heritage Bridge scores range from 50 up to generally 78)

Listed in Top Ten Waterloo Region Heritage Bridge List. Rank: #10

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