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Chambers Bridge

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Chambers Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 21, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Middlebrook Place (Weisenberg Road) Over Grand River
Location
Rural: Waterloo Region, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
156 Feet (47 Meters)
Roadway Width
14 Feet (4.27 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: Slated for demolition with no replacement!

2020 Update: This bridge is now slated for demolition with no replacement bridge whatsoever. Given that pin-connected truss bridges are exceedingly rare in Ontario, and pin-connected Camelback/Parker truss bridges even moreso, this is a devastating loss to Ontario's cultural heritage. Similar plans to demolish the even rarer Winterbourne Bridge in the Waterloo Region must be halted immediately to prevent a total loss of this bridge type in the region!

This bridge is one of several Camelback truss bridges remaining in Waterloo Region. Outside of Waterloo Region, this design is extremely rare in Ontario.

The Waterloo Region Heritage Bridge Inventory suggests that this bridge was built in 1930 and relocated to this site in 1946. However, the design of this bridge is nearly identical to the Winterbourne Bridge which dates to 1913. The similarities to Winterbourne Bridge, plus the fact that pin-connected truss bridges were almost never built after 1915 suggests that there is a problem with the 1930 theory. It is more likely that the truss seen here was built ca. 1913 and relocated to the Chambers Bridge site either in 1930 or 1946. What is clear is that the bridge was moved to the Chambers Bridge site to replace a previous bridge. A concrete pier from a previous bridge remains unused in the middle of the river. The concrete pier indicates that the previous bridge was a two-span bridge.

It should be noted that if the bridge does date to ca. 1913 as HistoricBridges.org suggests, this would increase the heritage score for the bridge.

Don Drews created a video slideshow of the bridge which is available on YouTube here.

Information and Findings From Waterloo Region Heritage Bridge Inventory

Waterloo Region Assigned Heritage Ratings:

Overall Score: 48. (Heritage Bridge scores range from 50 up to generally 78)

Not Listed in Top Ten Waterloo Region Heritage Bridge List.

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