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Madawaska Railway Bridge

Madawaska Railway Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Ian Graham

Bridge Documented: September 21, 2017

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Rail-Trail) Over Madawaska River
Location
Madawaska: Nipissing District, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal 4 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Metal Stringer (Multi-Beam), Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1894 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2011
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a rare example of a railroad pony truss bridge. It was built for the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway, which reached the community in 1894. The rail line was abandoned on December 18th 1983, and a rail trail established in 1986. This appears to be the only pony truss in this township, and also the only pony truss built by this railway. The bridge originally had timber trestle approaches, which in 2009 were deemed unsafe and resulted in the bridge being closed to traffic. Around 2011, these approaches were replaced by a small causeway on the west side of the bridge and two steel stringer approaches with wood decks.

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