As of 2018, this bridge has been extensively rehabilitated. The truss lines were removed and shipped to a shop for restoration, and then reassembled here.
This remarkable hand-turned swing bridge was built in 1897 making it an early example of a rivet-connected truss bridge. It is also noteworthy as a hand-turned swing bridge that still functions for boats. While the Rideau Canal has more than one example of a hand-turned swing bridge, in general operable hand-turned swing bridges are exceedingly rare. What is most unique about this bridge is its truss design, which is both attractive and unusual. The bridge is a bobtail swing, and over the swing pivot, the truss is much deeper (taller) and directly over the pivot point is the only piece of overhead bracing on the bridge. Because of the bobtail design, this "tower" portion of the truss is confined to the northern end of the bridge. The southern end of the bridge gives the contrasting traditional appearance of a basic Warren pony truss. This overall arrangement gives the bridge a distinctive appearance. The bridge trusses are a lightweight design composed of angles. The bridge sits on elaborate, nicely designed stone abutments.
The bridge retains good historic integrity, although a couple members have been replaced, and some rivets are replaced with bolts. The bridge retains attractive builder plaques, which associate the bridge with William H. Law, a noteworthy bridge builder who was noted for designing some unusual bridge structures in Ontario.
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