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Little Current Bridge

Manitoulin Island Bridge

Little Current Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): C. Hanchey, CC BY-NC 2.0, flickr.com/photos/21953562@N07/

Bridge Documented: June 29, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
KH-6 Over North Channel (Lake Huron)
Location
Little Current: Manitoulin District, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal Rivet-Connected Warren Through Truss, Movable: Swing and Approach Spans: Metal Deck Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
368 Feet (112 Meters)
Structure Length
568 Feet (173 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 3 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

The only known heritage bridge on Manitoulin Island, and the only highway link to the island is this magnificent former railway swing bridge. Click here for drone video showing the bridge in operation for boats. Click here for video showing the bridge swinging as seen from the bridgetender's perspective. The bridge has two 21 m (70 ft) deck plate girder approach spans at the north end and a single 18 m (60 ft) deck plate girder approach on the south end. The swing bridge sits 5.3 m (17.5 ft) above mean water level, and provides two 48 m (160 ft) openings for boats. The bridge was built from 1912-1913. A vehicular deck was added in 1945 to allow road traffic. The bridge was shared by road and rail traffic until the 1980s when the railway line was abandoned.

Above: Historical photo showing bridge construction and work crew.

Above: Historical photo showing train on bridge.

Above: Historical photo showing train on bridge.

Above: Historical photo showing combined highway and railway usage.

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Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude):
45.980330,-81.913906

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