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KH-40 18th Concession Drain Bridge

Elbow Line Drain Bridge

KH-40 18th Concession Drain Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: August 1, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
KH-40 Over 18th Concession Drain
Rural: Chatham-Kent Region, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1937 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced in 2012.

The alternative name for this bridge as Elbow Line Bridge because this bridge is right next to that road, and the bridge itself looks like it has an elbow, the way the railing panel at that end makes a 90 degree turn onto Elbow Line. This bridge features concrete beams, standard period railings, and retains a good deal of integrity. While not individually historically significant, the bridge is included here to try to put Ontario's transportation heritage into perspective. If a clear picture of history is to be created or recorded, one must record all aspects of history, not just those that are unusual, rare, or unique. Looking at bridges like this, that were common during their time, allows us to see how transportation had developed at that time. These bridges represent the period where the structure of the bridge had simplified, but decoration, in terms of the railings in the case of these bridges, still remained.  As the years passed, and the 21st century neared, these decorative railings would give way to the plain, ugly railings of modern bridges. Today, modern bridges are usually devoid of architecture and anything remotely related to beauty. Bridges have become something that is solely utilitarian with no beauty. For this reason, it is important to preserve heritage bridges not just because they have heritage value, but also because they are a fading breed of bridge that actually had design and beauty to them. The railings on this bridge are fairly simple, but yet they were designed to be attractive and functional at the same time. The design, found in bridges built in the middle of the 20th century both in Ontario and neighboring Michigan, represent the combination of aesthetics and function, and aesthetic bridge design's last stand.

Ironically, this bridge's railings have since been removed and replaced with the ugly modern railings found on modern bridges. The discussion and HSR rating for this bridge refer to the bridge prior to alteration.


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