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Dundas Street Bridge

Kensington Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 12, 2005

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Dundas Street Over South Branch Thames River
London: Middlesex County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1930 By Builder/Contractor: Hamilton Bridge Company of Hamilton, Ontario
Rehabilitation Date
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
313.0 Feet (95.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This three span bridge is built to the same plan, and was built at around the same time as the skewed two span Ridout Street Bridge, also in London. Both are noteworthy as multi-span pony truss bridges. Multi-span truss bridges are more commonly through truss bridges. At first glance this appears to be a typical Warren pony truss, similar to the Beaverdams Bridge. However, the Kensington Bridge is a rare variation of a Warren truss where the center panel "breaks" the Warren pattern and introduces a panel with two diagonals forming an "X" at this point, rather than continuing the Warren pattern.

Technical issues aside, this a beautiful bridge, and because the city does a great job of keeping the Thames River looking wild and natural, has the feeling of a rural bridge in an urban environment, which further enhances the beauty of the bridge.

This bridge was built by the Hamilton Bridge Company, an extremely prolific Ontario bridge builder. The company was known by several names over its history. The advertisement to the right shows an earlier period where the company was called Hamilton Bridge Works.


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