Update: This bridge is now located at the following coordinates: 42.932372, -80.305995
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. Currently in storage, the bridge will become a part of the Waterford walking trail in Waterford, in neighboring Norfolk County. It will cross a small gap west of the Black Bridge. 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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This historic bridge has been relocated and is no longer at this location. See the main bridge page for a link to the new bridge location. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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