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Miedema Bridge

Concession 6 Walpole Road Bridge

Miedema Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: March 20, 2012

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Concession 6 Walpole Road Over Sandusk Creek
Rural: Haldimand County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1922 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
50.0 Feet (15.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge has been relocated. This page and its photos and maps document the former location of the bridge.

Update: This bridge is now located at the following coordinates: 42.932372, -80.305995

This historic bridge was relocated and preserved in Waterford, Norfolk County. View This Bridge's Norfolk County Page Here.

This is a tiny pony truss and due to its short length it also has shallow trusses, making it hard to tell it is a pony truss as a driver approaches it from the distance. However, from up close, the bridge is an attractive example of a small-scale truss bridge. Although modern railings have been added, original pipe railings remain and the truss itself is unaltered.

Like many bridges, this bridge was named after a farmer who had land in the area around the bridge. In this case it was Leo Miedema.

In 2012, this bridge became one of the first heritage bridges in Ontario to be relocated and reused on a pedestrian trail. HistoricBridges.org is excited at the preservation of this heritage bridge and hopes it will serve as a model for future preservation in Ontario.

Karen Lindsey, Secretary for the redevelopment committee provided the following insights into the project:

-Truly the arrangement was a win win for both the beautiful steel pony bridge and our group...the Waterford Rail Lands Redevelopment Committee.
-It was staff...more particularly Ryan Elliot at Vallee Engineering that planted the seeds for this relocation and Andy Kooistra our chairman jumped in hands and feet!!!
-As a group we are awaiting written confirmation from the various government ministries to reinstall the bridge on the Toronto Hamilton Buffalo (TH&B) line just west of Waterford under the "Black Bridge" which was part of the Lake Erie & Northern Electric Rail Line and now part of the Trans Canada Rail Trail.

Above Left: The bridge being lifted off of its abutments. Above Right: The bridge being lowered to its resting spot. Photo Credit: Karen Lindsey



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