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Pretty Road Bridge

Pretty Road Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: June 23, 2006

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pretty Road Over Black Creek
Rural: Lambton County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
By Builder/Contractor: Unknown

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
83 Feet (25.3 Meters)
Structure Length
83 Feet (25.3 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This Warren pony truss bridge gives Pretty Road a reason for its name, although when this bridge was built that it was unlikely considered a visual asset to the Lambton County landscape since bridges like this would have once been common. Today however, its complex trusses offer a lot more to look at that the any bridge built today, and bridges like this are increasingly uncommon in Ontario thanks to demolition and replacement. This bridge continues to carry traffic with the only alteration of note being the replacement of the original railings with Armco guardrails. There is no evidence on this bridge that it ever had paint! While in good condition now, leaving a steel bridge without paint reduces its life. If a truss bridge is properly painted over the decades, with perhaps a full restoration thrown in between, a lifespan of at least 200 years is realistic. Without paint, that lifespan will most likely not be achieved.

The builder of this bridge is unknown. The remains of the ceramic coated metal plate plaques that so many Ontario builders used are present on the bridge, but too much is gone to associate a builder at this time. There are some distinctive patterns (that don't match up with other plaques of this type that have been seen), and it appears the company has "Bridge Works" and "Ontario" in its name, which is somewhat unhelpful.


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