This is one of the few Strauss heel-trunnion bascule bridges surviving in Canada today. Although it no longer operates for boats, the bridge retains outstanding historic integrity, with all mechanical elements remaining in place. The bridge has a 725 ton counterweight. In 1959, a second bascule bridge was built next to this bridge creating a one way couplet of bridges. The second bascule bridge, Pont Lafleur, is a Scherzer type rolling lift bascule bridge. Thus, this site is now a unique setting where the two most popular competing types of early 20th century patented bascule types can be seen and compared next to each other.
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