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Badley Bridge

Metcalfe Street Bridge

Badley Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 21, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Metcalfe Street (CR-21) Over Grand River
Location
Elora: Wellington County, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal 9 Panel Rivet-Connected Parker Through Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Concrete T-Beam, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1953 By Builder/Contractor: Hamilton Bridge Company of Hamilton, Ontario

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
236 Feet (71.93 Meters)
Roadway Width
24 Feet (7.32 Meters)
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is not the oldest heritage bridge with a 1952-1953 construction date, however it remains a locally uncommon example of its type and it still retains the eye-catching beauty and design details of earlier metal truss bridges. Unlike a modern bridge which would not even look like a bridge and rather have the appearance of a slab of concrete crossing the water, this bridge's impressive trusses catch the eye and provide a distinctive gateway into or out of downtown Elora. Elora has enhanced the bridge's landmark/gateway image and aesthetics by hanging flower baskets from the truss panels... something that would be far more difficult to do on a modern bridge which would have no trusses. This bridge retains paint on it and appears to be in good condition overall. It is hoped that the bridge will be maintained and preserved as a heritage bridge.

Note that a short distance west of this bridge there are stone piers visible. These piers once held an extremely rare multi-span pony truss, however this bridge was demolished.

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