This bridge is a beautiful six panel pin connected Pratt through truss bridge. It features a wooden deck and pole railings. The bridge is seated on concrete abutments.
Pin connected metal truss bridges are not very common in Ontario, and so this is a very significant structure. The Waterloo Region appears to have an unusually large number of pin connected structures, and is unlike other Ontario counties. The preservation of all pin connected metal truss bridges in Ontario should be considered essential, but sadly is not. For each bridge, a number of options are available. A particular bridge could be restored to continue to carry light vehicular traffic. Another option is to bypass the bridge with a modern bridge and preserve the historic structure in its original location for pedestrian use. The third option is to relocate the bridge to a park setting for pedestrian use. While retaining the bridge's original location and function is most desirable, any of these options produce a happy outcome for a historic truss bridge.
At the time this bridge was visited, the north abutment was sinking on the west wingwall side. The result of this was that the truss bridge is slowly sinking at the northern end. This obviously is not a good thing! The deck and deck stringers of the bridge must have extended beyond the bridge itself, because while the truss bridge was sinking, the deck remained, and was now hovering above the bridge's floor beams at the north end. Standing at the north end of the bridge, and the deck would bounce up and down. When a car crossed, the deck would sink back onto the floorbeam, and so the bridge would still "work" when a vehicle crossed. Reportedly, there were plans to repair this problem, but a follow-up visit has not been made to confirm this.
Information and Findings From Waterloo Region Heritage Bridge Inventory
Waterloo Region Assigned Heritage Ratings:
Overall Score: 60. (Heritage Bridge scores range from 50 up to generally 78)
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This historic bridge has been demolished. This map is shown for reference purposes only.
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