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Southampton Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: December 29, 2005

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
KH-21 (Albert Street) Over Saugeen River
Southampton (Saugeen Shores): Bruce County, Ontario: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1959 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Reginald Arthur Blyth
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
450.0 Feet (137.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge was constructed in 1959, and all connections are bolted. Rivets are present on the bridge as well, holding the built-up beams together. It appears all shop work for this bridge used riveting, and all field work used bolting. This is evidence of the transition away from riveting that occurred in the middle of the 20th Century. There is no v-lacing or lattice on the bridge either, another mid-20th Century transition, this one being a movement away from complex member designs. As a result, for a truss bridge, its members are  perhaps not as attractive as other deck trusses when viewed up close. The overall shape of the bridge is pleasing however. On the other hand, overall continuous design of the bridge, giving the bridge an arched appearance, makes this bridge look quite stunning when viewed from the distance. On the bridge, their is little to clue motorists in to the truss nature of the bridge. Only the uncommon all-metal railings, which may be original, clue people in to the possibility that the bridge might be a bit more than the standard beam bridge. The shape of the bridge trusses is that which cantilever deck trusses usually take. However, as all connections appear to be rigid, the bridge appears to function as a continuous truss. A historical photos appears to show the bridge being constructed using the cantilever method however. It is possible to build using the cantilever method, but fasten all connections rigid to produce a continuous truss. A historical photos of the bridge's construction is available here. The bridge has three truss lines.

Previous bridges at this general location include a wooden truss, whose historical photo is here. This in turn was apparently replaced by a two span through truss bridge following an unusual double-intersection Warren truss design found on a surprising number of Ontario bridges. A historical photo is here. This bridge appears to have collapsed in a flood as shown here.


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