This is a tiny pony truss and due to its short length it also has shallow trusses.
In 2012, this bridge became one of the first heritage bridges in Ontario to be relocated and reused on a pedestrian trail. HistoricBridges.org is excited at the preservation of this heritage bridge and hopes it will serve as a model for future preservation in Ontario.
When the bridge was moved, its outriggers were removed. While this is unfortunate as it represents a loss of original bridge design/materials, it is assumed they were removed to enable the relocation of the bridge as a whole, perhaps due to budgetary constraints. They appear to have been simply cut off, which would have made it impossible to reattach them after.
Karen Lindsey, Secretary for the redevelopment committee provided the following insights into the project:
-Truly the arrangement was a win win for both the beautiful steel pony bridge and our group...the Waterford Rail Lands Redevelopment Committee.
-It was staff...more particularly Ryan Elliot at Vallee Engineering that planted the seeds for this relocation and Andy Kooistra our chairman jumped in hands and feet!!!
-As a group we are awaiting written confirmation from the various government ministries to reinstall the bridge on the Toronto Hamilton Buffalo (TH&B) line just west of Waterford under the "Black Bridge" which was part of the Lake Erie & Northern Electric Rail Line and now part of the Trans Canada Rail Trail.
Like many bridges, this bridge was named after a farmer who had land in the area around the bridge. In this case it was Leo Miedema.
This bridge is tagged with the following special condition(s): Unorganized Photos
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