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Pont Ferroviaire de Vallée-Jonction (Vallée-Jonction Railway Bridge)

Pont Ferroviaire de Vallée-Jonction (Vallée-Jonction Railway Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 6, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (Québec Central) Over Rivière Chaudière
Location
Vallée-Jonction: Chaudiére-Appalaches, Québec: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
510 Feet (155 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
4 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is an unusual looking skewed double-intersection Warren through truss railway bridge. The concrete piers of the bridge show signs of deterioration, but the truss spans remain in good condition, aside from the bottom chord taking a beating from flood damage. Indeed, when HistoricBridges.org documented the bridge in 2019, the bridge had recently survived a major flood that occured in April 2019. Numerous branches and other debris were lodged in the side of the bridge indicating water had reached the deck level. In the photos, you will note that some freight cars were parked on the bridge over the pier points. Railroads sometimes do this to add weight to a bridge in the hope that it will help keep floodwaters from pushing the trusses off the piers. Length given is a rough estimate.

The Musée Ferroviaire de Beauce is located near this bridge.

Above: This historical photo shows the bridge in 1911 during a speech by Wilfrid Laurier.

Above: Historical photo showing previous bridge at this location. Taken prior to 1903.

Above: Historical photo showing previous bridge at this location. Taken in 1903. It appears this was a covered timber truss bridge (see other photo) and its cover has been removed in this photo.

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