Sitting on concrete abutments is this picturesque wonder of engineering, an example of a subdivided double-intersection Warren truss. The truss configuration is unheard out outside of Ontario, but numerous examples are (or were) found in Ontario. It is believed that the Hamilton Bridge Company of Hamilton, Ontario may have been responsible for the proliferation of this unusual truss design in Ontario, constructing them across the province mostly in the early 20th Century. The design is also visually attractive, with a nice geometric complexity that is a step beyond the more common Pratt and regular Warren truss designs. There is no vertical at the center connection of the bridge. This creates a weird open-space feeling when you stand on that part of the bridge... it just feels like there should be something there, at least to those accustomed to viewing truss bridges.
This bridge lacks original railings, and although they are ugly, it is pleasing to see they were at least mounted onto the deck, rather than on the vertical members, which would have put the bridge's members at risk for damage if someone ever crashed into the railings. And crash they do; who knows if alcohol is a factor, or if some of the locals just drive like maniacs, but there are dents and such all over the railings on this bridge! People really need to slow down and show some respect for bridges that have stood the test of time such as this one. Given proper care, this bridge can continue to be a beautiful landmark for decades to come.
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