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Sideroad 19 Bridge

Sideroad 19 Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: April 11, 2015

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Sideroad 19 Over Beaver River
Location
Grey Highlands: Grey County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
1998
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 no longer exists!

Bridge Status: This heritage bridge was demolished and replaced.

This bridge is broad, deep Beaver River valley which is part of the Niagara Escarpment. This bridge on Sideroad 19 crosses the Beaver River in an undeveloped wooded setting. It is a traditional example of a riveted pony truss.

The bridge has vertical members that include outriggers. V-lacing extends across both the outriggers and vertical members. This detail is similar to that on the Woodlawn Bridge, as are the general design of the built-up beams of this bridge. It is possible that this bridge was built in the 1920s or 1930s by the Ontario Bridge Company of Toronto as a result.

A revisit to this bridge in 2020 revealed that the heritage bridge has been demolished with a modern prefab steel truss bridge with no heritage value whatsoever. The below photos of the replacement bridge are presented as a comparison. Bridges like this are not commonly built today, and when they are they are often claimed to be "replicas" of heritage bridges and are promoted to the community as a way to justify the demolition and replacement of genuine heritage bridges. However, it is the strong opinion of HistoricBridges.org that such bridges look nothing like heritage bridges, as they lack the intricate detail of a heritage bridge. Look at the photos below and note the very plain appearance of the trusses: the complete lack of details like rivets, built-up beams, gusset plates, all other key features of heritage truss bridges.

Above: Photo of replacement bridge in 2020. Photo Credit: Caleb Barker.

Above: Photo of replacement bridge in 2020. Photo Credit: Caleb Barker.

Above: Photo of replacement bridge in 2020. Photo Credit: Caleb Barker.

Above: Photo of replacement bridge in 2020. Photo Credit: Caleb Barker.

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