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Troyer Road Bridge

Troyer Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth and Rick McOmber

Bridge Documented: July 23, 2012

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Troyer Road Over Venison Creek
Location
Rural: Norfolk County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Troyer Road runs south from 6th Concession Road down to Highway 60. Just before it reaches Highway 60, it forks into two roads. The road to the west crossed Venison Creek on this truss bridge and appears to have originally been called Troyer Road , while the road to the east managed to avoid crossing the creek and was called Troyer Road Extension. Both roads ended at Highway 60. At some point, the truss bridge on Troyer Road was closed to traffic. Based on the way the signage was posted when HistoricBridges.org visited the bridge, it appears that the Troyer Road Extension is now being called simply Troyer Road. The road section that included the bridge is essentially abandoned.

This bridge has been closed to traffic and has become overgrown with vegetation. However this attractive heritage bridge, one of a small and decreasing number of surviving truss bridges in Norfolk County, remains in place for people to view. This bridge also has great potential for rehabilitation and preservation. It could be rehabilitated in place and reopened to vehicular traffic. Alternatively, bridges like this can also be relocated and restored in a new location, often on trails for non-motorized use. Pony trusses tend to be particularly easy to relocate due to their short length and lack of overhead bracing. Given the somewhat redundant nature of the section of road this bridge serves, this bridge may be a good candidate to consider relocating for a new use elsewhere.

A newspaper article gave a 1920 construction date for this bridge. This date may not be exact, but a ca. 1920 date seems appropriate for this bridge given its style and design.

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