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Bayfield Bridge

Bayfield Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 28, 2005

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
KH-21 (Bluewater Highway) Over Bayfield River
Location
Bayfield: Huron County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1949 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
2010
Main Span Length
101.7 Feet (31 Meters)
Structure Length
203.4 Feet (62 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
2 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

Historic Significance Rating (HSR)

Bridge Documentation

This bridge's future is at risk!

Information from Ontario Bridge Inventory: Bridge width: 11.7 meters. Rehabilitation in 2000 and 2010.

Who would have thought that beneath such an ugly, modern concrete deck would lie a beautiful two-span deck truss? The only clue from on the roadway is that the bridge lacks the enormous shoulders that are typical on a modern bridge.

This bridge is a two-span Warren deck truss. The bridge's connections are riveted, and the bridge sits on concrete abutments. The center pier is also concrete, and has an attractive arch-like design to it. V-lacing is present on many members of the bridge, adding greatly to the aesthetic qualities of the bridge. MTO provided a date of 1949 for the construction of this bridge. The deck and railings have been redone on the bridge. The trusses bear on short steel columns that look added, as if the bridge might have been raised at a later date. The paint on the bridge is grey. The steel trusses however, are showing rust in several location suggesting that for some unknown reason the trusses were not painted when the deck was redone.

King's Highway 21 is the main shoreline route as it proceeds north from Kings Highway 402 all the way up to Southampton. In between Highway 402 and Southampton, there are three truss bridges on the highway, somewhat uncommon among roads today in Ontario. The other two truss bridges are the Southampton Bridge, and the bridge over Au Sable River Cut.

Bayfield is a town that seems to take pride in being a small town with a historic feel to it. The truss bridge contributes its historic presence to the town as well, however it is not evident that any support for preservation of this bridge presented itself when the MTO proposed to demolish and replace this bridge.

The previous bridge at this location was a two span rivet-connected through truss. The bridge followed an unusual double-intersection Warren design that was used on a surprising number of bridges in Ontario in the early 20th Century, which is when the previous bridge likely dated to. This previous bridge was on a different alignment, and the concrete piers were left standing after the bridge was demolished.

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