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Pont des Lefebvre (Lefebvre Bridge)

Pont des Lefebvre (Lefebvre Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 10, 2019

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Route des Lefebvre Over Rivière Sainte-Anne
Saint-Casimir: Capitale-Nationale, Québec: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1915 By Builder/Contractor: Gauthier et Julien of Portneuf Station, Quebec
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
105.0 Feet (32 Meters)
Structure Length
110.0 Feet (33.5 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This riveted Pratt through truss crosses a scenic river with rocky edges. Bridge lengths given are extremely rough estimates.

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A plan of the Lefebvre bridge dates from 1912. Signed by the chief engineer of the Department of Public Works and Work, Louis-A. Vallée, it is marked "revised May 26, 1915". Besides, the profile of the bridge drawn on this plan is not not the one that was built. It has 6 sections rather than 4. Other more complete plans kept at the Ministry of Transports were designed in 1915 and bear the mention of the builders Gauthier and Julien. The current bridge would have presumably been erected that same year. According to historical information, the Lefebvre Bridge was erected in 1914, which corresponds to a year close, to what the plans reveal. The date 1914 may correspond to decisions to go ahead with the construction of the bridge. 1915 as the date of construction remains very plausible. The bridge of the current Lefebvre, probably the third, would be erected in exactly the same location as the two bridges precedents, the first having been built in 1842 and the second probably in 1854 to replace the first structure washed away by the rising water.

The superior heritage value of the Lefebvre bridge is primarily due to its style. It has a Pratt type structure, a specimen widespread in North America between the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the following century. The value of the bridge also lies in its history. Built in 1915 by the builder Gauthier and Julien, a nationally renowned company, it is the third bridge to have been erected in this location. The municipality of Saint-Casimir also has three iron bridges, one of which is in excellent condition authenticity. Finally, the heritage value of the Lefebvre bridge also comes from its context value. It is located in an isolated area, surrounded by vegetation, and crosses the Sainte-Anne river characterized there by rocky escarpments.

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