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.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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