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Webster's Falls Girder Bridge

Webster's Falls Girder Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 25, 2012

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Spencer Creek
Location
West Flamborough: Hamilton City, Ontario: Canada
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1953 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
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a footbridge that is very narrow even by footbridge standards. It has the appearance of a stone bridge, although it has a long, shallow arched span that is far more shallow than a true stone arch would be. A look under the bridge reveals the truth, since the bottom chord of a steel girder is visible, as well as transverse steel floorbeams. This indicates that this is a plate girder bridge that is encased with a stone facing. This also explains why the railings for this bridge are so thick: they are not just railings, but they conceal the steel girder within.

This bridge was built in 1953, which is related by the "keystone" at the center of the bridge with "1953" on it.

There are three bridges in Webster's Falls Park: the Cobblestone Bridge, this stone-faced steel girder bridge, and a concrete rigid-frame bridge.

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