This bridge is a relatively large concrete arch bridge in Ontario. It has arch spans that are visually distinguished by a lightweight appearance for a bridge of its age and size. In contrast, the bridge has massive piers. The bridge also has an approach span at the northeastern end of the bridge that carries the road over a railway. This span has been replaced with a modern span. A new abutment was constructed to accommodate this replacement span.
This bridge has been rehabilitated. The arches retain good historic integrity, but the original decorative concrete balustrade railings have been replaced with mundane modern railings apparently as part of a substantial reconstruction of the deck.
The previous bridge at this location was a pin-connected Whipple through truss bridge of 254 feet (77.4 meters) in length and built by Clark, Reeves and Company of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and as such may have used the company's patented Phoenix columns. The Marquis of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878-1883, attended the opening of the Whipple truss in 1879. This is why this crossing is today called the Lorne Bridge.
Bridge PlaqueLORNE BRIDGE
F. W. BILLO
BOARD OF WORKS
THE PORT ARTHUR CONSTRUCTION CO. CONTRACTORS
FRANK P. ADAMS ENGINEER
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