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Richmond Street Bridge

Richmond Street Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: Spring 2011 and July 20, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Westbound Richmond Street Over North Branch Thames River
London: Middlesex County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1922 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
192 Feet (59 Meters)
Structure Length
200 Feet (61 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is an impressive ten panel Parker truss. With its massive members, it dates to the later portion of the truss bridge era. Unlike some bridges in Ontario from this area, this bridge has built-up beams that have and/or retain attractive v-lacing and lattice on a significant number of members, giving the bridge that beautiful lightweight yet intricate and sturdy look that only riveted metal truss bridges can display. The bridge continues to serve traffic on a busy road, thanks to a good preservation solution which was to construct a new bridge next to the heritage bridge, forming a one-way couplet.

An ad for a bridge contractor from the 1920s (shown at right) shows a newly constructed bridge at Richmond Street that was completed in 1922. This bridge is a Parker truss like the one seen today, but appears to be a narrower structure. A structure that apparently preceded the 1922 bridge, a pin-connected Pennsylvania through truss, is also visible. The bridge seen today may be a widened version of the 1922 structure. According to a Municipal Year Book found by researcher Len Fluhrer, the newer bridge was built in 1962.


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