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Huntsville Swing Bridge

Huntsville Swing Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: April 12, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Main Street (DR-2, DR-3) Over Muskoka River
Location
Huntsville: Muskoka District, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Polygonal Warren Pony Truss, Movable: Swing (Center Bearing Center Pier) and Approach Spans: Concrete Rigid-Frame, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1938 By Builder/Contractor: Hamilton Bridge Company of Hamilton, Ontario

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2000
Main Span Length
175 Feet (53 Meters)
Structure Length
240 Feet (73 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 1 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Note: Bridge lengths given are extremely rough estimates.

This bridge no longer operates for boats but it remains a noteworthy heritage bridge since it retains the design and materials of a swing bridge despite its lack of use today. As such, it has been preserved and recognized as a heritage bridge, with interpretive signage present at the bridge. In this sense, it is one of the few heritage bridges of this type to be preserved in Ontario, particularly outside of the historic canal systems in Ontario that are managed by Parks Canada. As part of the rehabilitation, rods have been welded to some bridge members, but the original members remain in these areas. Original lattice railing remains on the bridge.

The bridge includes a single concrete rigid frame approach span.

The main swing span features a center-bearing design. The circular rack and the pinion remain in place, as evidence of the swing bridge design. A bridge tender house remains on the bridge as well.

Located on a major road in Huntsville, this bridge is an iconic landmark for the area.

Below, a 1910 postcard shows a previous swing bridge in Huntsville.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
45.327620,-79.214740

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