This bridge has a Carnegie brand visible on it indicating at least some of the steel was sourced from this Pennsylvania steel mill.
This bridge is among the largest surviving riveted metal truss bridges in truss-rich Bruce County. The bridge is an interesting design, since it is two span, but one span is a subdivided double-intersection Warren through truss and the other is a Pratt through truss. Bruce County reports that these two spans were relocated here from elsewhere. It is assumed two different one span bridges were moved here to form the two span bridge. This would explain the different truss designs. A circa 1920 construction date is given for this bridge, but it is not known if this refers to initial truss construction or the relocation project.
The bearings and other areas around the bridge feet appeared to be well maintained and clean. Expansion bearings on the bridge have been replaced with modern neoprene style bearing pads. Relatively simple operations such as keeping the bearing area clean and replacing bearings as needed is an important but often overlooked aspect of good bridge maintenance.
A few truss members of the bridge have been replaced. The replacement was not in-kind, so attractive historical details like v-lacing and rivets were not retained. This, combined with the fact that the replaced beams have not yet rusted mean these alterations are rather obvious and stick out visually. Lacking on this bridge is a good coat of paint. Areas of section loss with the scaling rust still in place are trapping moisture and only increasing the rate of deterioration. If the bridge were to be blast cleaned and repainted, the project might be somewhat costly initially, but it would allow this heritage bridge to serve light local traffic for decades to come. Overall this bridge remains in decent condition, but without paint it will not offer as long of a service life as it would if painted.
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