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Henley Island Bridge

Henley Island Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 24, 2012

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Henley Island Road Over Martindale Pond (12 Mile Creek)
Location
Rural: Niagara Region, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1921 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
1992
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge no longer exists!

Bridge Status: Demolished and replaced.

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This bridge is a small traditionally composed riveted pony truss bridge. The bridge was built in 1921 to serve an unknown road at an unknown location and relocated and reused here in this location in 1958 where it is the only bridge to Henley Island located in the middle of Martindale Pond. Relocation and reuse of metal truss bridges has historically been somewhat common because the bridge type is easy to relocate. In the past (such as when this bridge was moved) it was done because it was economical. Today, it is often done in the name of historic preservation.

The bridge does have some alterations, specifically some of the members and gusset plates have some new steel welded on to them. The deck is currently a metal grate deck. The deck was likely originally concrete. Decks are not a important part of a heritage truss bridge's significance however so this is not a problematic alteration. In general, the bridge retains its original materials and design.

This bridge and the island it leads to appears to be owned entirely by the Canadian Henley Rowing Corporation, which manages the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. This is likely a blessing, because if this bridge was owned by the Region of Niagara it would likely be demolished and replaced with an unsightly slab of concrete, a fate many pony truss bridges in the Region of Niagara have suffered or will soon suffer. This is one of the few pony truss bridges in the region that appears to have a preservation commitment.

Above: Photo of replacement bridge with remnants of truss bridge abutments visible underneath. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski

Above: Photo of replacement bridge with remnants of truss bridge abutments visible underneath. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski

Above: Photo of replacement bridge with remnants of truss bridge abutments visible underneath. Photo Credit: Ed Blasinski

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