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Pottery Road Bridge

Pottery Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 20, 2013

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pottery Road (Southbound) Over Don River
Toronto: Toronto City, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Concrete Rainbow Through Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: R. H. McGregor Construction Company

Technical Facts

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

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Bridge Documentation

Jeffrey Smith contacted HistoricBridges.org and provided additional information about this bridge: According to an article in the Toronto Daily Star (Friday, September 7, 1928, pg. 22, col. 6), the contractor was R. H. McGregor and officially opened September 7, 1928. From an earlier article (Wednesday, May 30, 1928, pg. 27, col. 5) work commenced in June 1928. The previous wooden bridge collapsed in 1927 when overloaded by a truck carrying bricks (presumably from the nearby Toronto Brickworks).

This bridge is a good example of a concrete bowstring bridge also called a rainbow arch type of bridge. The bridge is located on a very busy road. To help accommodate the volume of traffic, a new bridge was built next to this heritage bridge, creating a one-way couplet of bridges, with southbound traffic using the heritage bridge and northbound traffic using the new bridge. This solution is a great way to preserve heritage bridges that have become to narrow for the volume of traffic their roadway serves.


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