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Norwich Street Bridge

Wellington Foundry Bridge / Inglis-Hunter Bridge

Norwich Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 19, 2013

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Norwich Street East Over Speed River
Guelph: Wellington County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1882 By Builder/Contractor: Hamilton Bridge Company of Hamilton, Ontario
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
60.0 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge sits at a crossing that has had a bridge since as early as 1860. The bridge seen today was built by the prolific Hamilton Bridge Company in 1882, making it among the oldest documented metal truss bridges in Ontario. It was built for $1000. Few truss bridges in Ontario have been proven to date before 1885. This bridge displays some unusual details, likely evidence of its earlier construction date. In particular, the bridge's top chord and end post connection is unusual consisting of a large gusset plate as well as a pin. The top chord cover plate does not line up with the end post cover plate, and instead the top chord section extends beyond the end post slightly, ending abruptly. This sort of detail is more typical on the older truss bridges. The end of the top chord is covered up by the builder plaque. The bridge shows some signs of alteration, with some particularly extensive alterations in the form of added beams and braces at the base of the end posts. However, the bridge retains built-up floor beams, which is noteworthy. The bridge sits on abutments that are concrete. The original abutment material would likely have not been concrete, suggesting the abutments were repaired or replaced at a later date with the concrete seen today. The concrete is old, however, not a recent addition.


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