One of the most unique surviving Strauss bascule bridges in North America, this bridge originally had a highway deck over its railway deck. Today, the highway deck and related approach ramp structures have been removed, a demolition project dating to 2004 after the Island Drive Bridge was built. But the bascule bridge itself remains intact. Due to its heavy weight due to the double-deck configuration, this bridge has unusually massive concrete counterweights. Strauss claimed this was the first double-deck bascule bridge in the world when completed. The contractor for the abutments and piers was Alexander Charles Stewart. This bridge is listed on the City of Thunder Bay Heritage Register.
Above: Historical photo.
Above: Historical ca. 1913 photo showing newly completed bridge partially raised. Note people standing on bridge!
Above: Historical 1970 photo showing both decks in place. Photo Credit Weston Langford, CC BY-ND 4.0 https://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/110535/
Above: Historical 1970 photo showing both decks in place. Photo Credit Weston Langford, CC BY-ND 4.0 https://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/110536/
Above: Historical photo showing bridge in raised position.
Above: Historical postcard showing both decks in place.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Double-Deck
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