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Orchardville Bridge

Orchardville Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Luke Gordon

Bridge Documented: March 13, 2011 and July 28, 2020

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Orchardville Sideroad (Old KH-6) Over Beatty Saugeen River
Location
Orchardville (Southgate): Grey County, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Concrete Rainbow Through Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1928 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: Slated for demolition with no replacement!

2020 Update: This bridge, seemingly having been preserved for pedestrian use, is now slated for demolition in one of the most senseless acts that shows a complete lack of interest in Ontario's heritage. The county plans to spend $127,500 to demolish this heritage bridge! Why? The reasons are ridiculous. For one, there is a plan to turn the southern approaching roadway over to private ownership. However, people could have still visited the bridge by approaching from the north, so this is not a good excuse to demolish the bridge. Another reason given was that it costs $200 a year to inspect the bridge. This is a tiny amount of money and it would take several centuries of annual inspections to reach the $127,500 being spent to wipe the bridge off the face of the earth. Another reason given for demolition was that people were moving closure barricades at the bridge. Again, it seems likely that for less than $127,500 some permanant barricades could be installed. Indeed, it seems likely that for $127,500, permanant barricades could be installed and the bridge could be inspected for many decades to come. Serving pedestrians only, the bridge need not be repaired to like-new condition to be preserved. 

This bridge sits on a road that used to be King's Highway 6, which is now aligned a short distance west of this bridge and crosses the river in what is little more than a large culvert. This heritage bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic but remains open to pedestrians. The concrete shows signs of deterioration, but the bridge is unaltered and retains good historic integrity.

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