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McFarlane Street Bridge

Norwood Road Bridge Number 26

McFarlane Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 23, 2012

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McFarlane Street (Norwood Road) Over Trent-Severn Waterway
Peterborough: Peterborough County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Central Bridge and Engineering Company of Peterborough, Ontario
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
64.0 Feet (19.5 Meters)
Structure Length
64.0 Feet (19.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge is unusual among surviving heritage bridges on the Trent-Severn Waterway since it is a high level fixed truss bridge. Perched high on abutments that provide boats with enough clearance so that a movable bridge is not needed, this pony truss looks quite small in this high level position. The truss itself is a traditionally composed example of a riveted Warren pony truss, similar to bridges that were built on small streams and river in Ontario long ago.

Despite the fact that the Trent-Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada, and that individual heritage bridges like this contribute to the heritage of the greater waterway system, a substantial number of the heritage bridges on the waterway have been demolished and replaced recently. Fortunately however, this bridge appears to have been lucky enough to be rehabilitated instead. The bridge is as of 2012 in excellent condition, with a fresh coat of paint. The bridge trusses retain good historic integrity, with the only alterations of note being the replacement of some bottom chord connection rivets with bolts. The upper portions of the trusses and original railings appear to be largely unaltered. Hopefully, this bridge's preservation will serve to inspire similar preservation projects on the remaining heritage bridges on the Trent-Severn Waterway as needed.


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