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Pont de Batiscan (Batiscan Bridge)

Pont de Batiscan (Batiscan Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 10, 2019

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
QC-138 (Rue Principale) Over Rivière Batiscan
Batiscan: Mauricie, Québec: Canada
Structure Type
Metal Through Girder, Movable: Single Leaf Bascule (Fixed Trunnion) and Approach Spans: Metal 14 Panel Rivet-Connected Pennsylvania Through Truss, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1920 By Builder/Contractor: MacKinnon Steel Corporation of Sherbrooke, Québec
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
60.0 Feet (18.3 Meters)
Structure Length
1,214.0 Feet (370 Meters)
Roadway Width
18 Feet (5.49 Meters)
1 Main Span(s) and 6 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This bridge's future is at risk!

Bridge Status: Slated for demolition and replacement! As of 2020 project is in early planning stages.

This bridge, which may be unique among surviving bridges in the province, contains a tiny single leaf bascule span flanked by impressive through truss approach spans. The bascule span no longer opens for boats, and the counterweights have been removed, as have been most of the machinery. The fixed truss spans are rare examples of a Pennsylvania truss in the province. The bascule span, despite alteration, retains enough integrity to convey its significance as a rare surviving example of small-scale bascule bridge construction. Further, bascule bridges of any size are uncommon in the province.

The plaque on the bridge reads 1920 but apparantly the bridge was not opened by Prime Minister Louis-Alexandre Taschereau until 1922. The bridge was originally a toll bridge, and replaced a wooden bridge.

This bridge is unusual in that its main span is not the longest span of the bridge. In fact, the bascule span is dwarfed by the fixed truss approach spans. Span lengths given for the bridge are extremely rough estimates. The bascule span is tiny, and appears to be only about 60 foot span. The fixed through truss approach spans appear to measure about 190 feet each.


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