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Silver Bridge

Ecclestone Drive Bridge

Silver Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: April 12, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Ecclestone Drive (DR-16) Over North Branch Muskoka River
Location
Bracebridge: Muskoka District, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal 10 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1935 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2017
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was built over a long period reportedly from 1929 to the mid 1930s; the exact completion date was not given. The location was tricky to construct with a rocky ledge nearby. Indeed, south of this bridge is a separate truss span of unknown age and construction that appears to cantilever this road off of the cliff. The design of this bridge's main span is a Pennsylvania through truss. However the end panels do not have the subdivided panels and are more like a Parker truss, making it an unusual design.

Aside from loss of original railings, some bolted alterations, and other repairs, the overall bridge retains good historic integrity in terms of design and materials.

This bridge is next to a railway bridge.

In 1938, this bridge had decorative lights added to it. The bridge still is lit up at night today. This appears to have helped make this bridge into a local landmark and icon, long before the bridge gained heritage value. Today, the bridge also enjoys the heritage value as a noteworthy truss bridge of uncommon design given the modified Pennsylvania configuration.

As of 2015, the logo for Bracebridge included a stylized likeness of this bridge. This logo is shown below. It is hoped that given the iconic status of this bridge that it will, unlike so many of Ontario's heritage truss bridges, be preserved rather than demolished and replaced.

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