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Sutherland Line Bridge

Sutherland Line Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Dave Stinchcombe

Bridge Documented: 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Sutherland Line Over Kettle Creek
Central Elgin: Elgin County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

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

This bridge is built to a particular design and truss configuration that was built throughout Ontario and of which a small collection of examples still remain today to represent the design and the characteristics which define the group. Although the design is found on multiple bridges in Ontario, outside of Ontario the design of these bridges would be classified as extremely unusual and rare. Two elements make the design unusual. First, the truss configuration is a subdivided double-intersection Warren. This means that in addition to a vertical member between each "X" of diagonal members, there is also a vertical member that passes right through the center of each "X." Double-intersection Warrens are uncommon, but subdivided double-intersection Warren truss bridges are very unusual. The other unusual feature of these bridges is the shallow slope of the end post, which results in an unusually long endpost. As a result of this unusually long end post design, there is an additional vertical and diagonal member that connect to the endpost halfway up, and there is also a floorbeam under the vertical member.

 The Sutherland Line Bridge stands out among the surviving examples of this design as noteworthy and visually unique because it is a very short example of the design, with only one "X" pattern of diagonals on the bridge. Elgin County, which happens to have a concentration of three of these bridges has another short example on Southdale Line. The Sutherland Line Bridge sits on concrete abutments. Aside from the loss of original railings, the truss appears to be unaltered from its original design. The bridge and approaching roadway has been abandoned,


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