This bridge as originally designed, consisted, from west to east, of two deck plate girder spans, a deck arch span over the Don River, and finally two more deck plate girder spans. Today, the bridge has been altered from this design. The two eastern deck plate girder approach spans have been demolished and replaced with a single span steel stringer bridge, a change that was likely made to accommodate the Don Valley Parkway which now passes under this part of the bridge. The bridge has also been widened from its original design. An additional steel stringer added to both sides of the bridge alongside the remaining original spans supports a wider deck on top, which is also not original. Original ornamental railings have been lost from the original bridge as well. Despite these alterations, the bridge remains noteworthy for its steel deck arch span. Although Toronto has several examples of this structure type, steel deck arch bridges are rare elsewhere in Ontario. The previous bridge at this location was a four span Warren (no verticals) pony truss.
Above: Views of the previous bridge at this location.
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