This bridge is a beautiful example of the standard rainbow arch bridges (also called concrete bowstring bridges) that Ontario built on its King's Highway system. The bridge includes the distinctive balustrade railings on the concrete sidewalk, and the arches with the pattern of inset rectangles. This bridge has been sensitively rehabilitated. It appears that the deck and the arch hangers were replaced, but the arch ribs and tie (bottom chord) remain original. This bridge is one of the few provincially-designed rainbow arch bridges that has been rehabilitated and preserved. The bridge was originally built as a two-way bridge, but today serves only westbound traffic, with a newer bridge carrying eastbound traffic. This solution of a one-way couplet of bridges is an excellent way to preserve heritage bridges that fail to provide enough lanes for traffic on their own.
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Description of Historic Place
The Brant Bowstring Bridge spans the Grand River on Colborne Street East between Brant Avenue in Brantford and Gilkison Street in the County of Brant. The property consists of a single-span concrete bowstring
arch bridge that was constructed in 1931.
The Brant Bowstring Bridge is the only bowstring arch bridge in the County of Brant. Spanning the Grand River on Colborne Street East at the boundary between the City of Brantford and the County of Brant it
serves as a gateway marker. Built in 1931 of reinforced concrete, it was part of the Ontario Governments upgrading of transportation networks after World War I to accommodate the increasing number of automobiles in the area. The
bridge's bowstring design was popular in the 1920s and 1930s as it required minimal material, was simple to install and could easily accommodate vehicular traffic.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value include its:
Heritage Designation and Type: Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
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