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Leaside Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 20, 2013 and April 8, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Millwood Road Over Don River, Don Valley Parkway, and Railroad
Toronto: Toronto City, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1927 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Frank Barber of Toronto, Ontario
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
125.0 Feet (38.1 Meters)
Structure Length
1,443.0 Feet (439.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
11 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is a very tall and long deck truss. Unlike many bridges that cross such obstacles, this bridge features relatively short spans and these spans are simple (not cantilevered or continuous). The trusses are not variable depth. In 1968-1969, the bridge was widened by a drastic amount. This was done by adding outriggers to the truss to support the extra deck surface. This means that the original 1927 trusses must support additional dead load from the outriggers and the added deck, as well as the additional live load made possible by the wider roadway which supports six lanes of traffic. Given the impressive amount amount which the deck was widened, without adding additional truss lines or other structural support, this suggests that the original trusses were significantly overbuilt. As a result of this widening, the bridge has an unusual appearance with the trusses looking far to small for the deck they support.

The bridge was designed by noted Toronto engineer Frank Barber. The bridge was noted for its unusually fast construction time of only ten months. The bridge originally had a beautiful railing composed of a concrete parapet with colored tiles. This was designed by Calude Bragdon, an architect from New York, New York. The tiles were supplied by the Italian Mosaic and Tile Company. These railings were later removed and replaced with ugly utilitarian railings. A more recent railing replacement from a 2004-2005 project has a concrete parapet design that is similar to the pattern of the tiles, but these railings do not replicate the actual tiles or the colors they had.


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