|Bridge Name||Facility Carried / Feature Intersected||Location||Structure Type||Construction Date and Builder/Engineer|
Beaverdams Road Bridge
||Beaverdams Road Over Lake Gibson (Power Canal, Beaverdams Creek)||Thorold: Niagara Region, Ontario||Metal 6 Panel Rivet-Connected Warren Pony Truss, Fixed||1946 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown|
This bridge is one of two similar truss bridges in the area. The other is the Merrittville Highway Bridge, which has two pony truss spans instead of one.
This bridge retains good historic integrity with no significant alterations to its original materials and design. Its trusses offer a geometric beauty not found in modern bridges. The trusses are composed of built-up beams that are riveted and include v-lacing and battens, which only adds to the geometric art of the bridge. The bridge has both Canadian (Algoma) and American (Bethlehem) steel as indicated by brands on the steel.
This bridge has been owned by Ontario Power Generation. There is currently a plan to demolish this bridge and replace it with a mundane structure with no heritage value whatsoever. Apparently following this project, the bridge will be owned by Niagara Region. It would be nice instead to see the bridge rehabilitated. The number of riveted truss bridges in the Niagara Region has been dropping rapidly, and there are plans for demolition of a number of bridges.
This bridge is next to an abandoned railroad plate girder bridge.
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