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Sauble Falls Bridge

Sauble Falls Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: January 1, 2007

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Sauble Falls Parkway (Old Alignment) Over Sauble River
Location
Sauble Falls: Bruce County, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Concrete Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Theodore Seaman

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
44 Feet (13.5 Meters)
Structure Length
112 Feet (34.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

View Minutes Detailing The Heritage Designation For This Bridge

This bridge appears to be the largest and most significant remaining bridge in the Bruce Peninsula. It is a rare example of a multi-span concrete through girder in Ontario. Architectural expression is limited to the rectangular outlines on the girders.

There are two main spans to this bridge, and a third shorter approach span at the northern end of the bridge. The tops of the girders have concrete that appears to be slightly newer than the rest of the girders, most likely evidence of a repair project from many decades ago. The structure appears to be in excellent condition with no evidence of spalling.

A plaque on a modern bridge that parallels this bridge has a 1966 plaque on it, suggesting that this bridge ceased serving vehicular traffic in that year.

Located in a park setting, this bridge is in the perfect place for preservation. Fortunately, the local community seems to care about the future of this bridge, as the structure was nominated through the Ontario Heritage Act.

Ontario Heritage Act Designation Nomination Findings

STATEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE VALUE

The Sauble Falls Bridge is of cultural heritage value as an early example of access across a waterway. The current bridge replaced the original wooden structure and foot bridge which faced washouts during severe weather events.

As recorded in the Council Minutes from October 10, 1922, the Corporation of the Township of Amabel was approached by Mr. Seaman with his concerns about the changes to the road at Sauble Falls. Subsequent to this, Council commissioned G.E. Stephenson, the County Engineer, to prepare plans and specifications for the construction of the bridge. The tender submitted by Theodore Seaman was accepted by Council on May 29, 1929. Municipal Council saw the value of the bridge construction as it served as an access to the community north of the river which was comprised of a school house, power electric plant, post office, store and private residences.

The bridge and road allowance are of value to the community as the only built heritage component in the immediate Sauble Falls area which remains true to its original use; a bridge and means to cross the Sauble River.

DESCRIPTION OF HERITAGE ATTRIBUTES

Key attributes of the bridge and road allowance site that reflect their value as an important link to the history of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula include:

-Original reinforced concrete and steel bridge construction
-Demonstrates traveled route of original settlers
-The bridge is the last untouched structure at Sauble Falls which represents 1920/1930 architecture
-The site is a reminder to future generations of settlement patterns and the importance of waterway access to the early commercial and residential development at Sauble Falls

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