|Goulais River Bridge||Truss||TC-17 (KH-17)||Algoma District, ON||Rural||Echo River|
With a 1959 construction date, this is an example of a large number of post-truss bridge era bridges remaining in Ontario. This bridge was fabricated by Ardelt Industries of Canada Ltd. of Kitchener, Ontario. While not as interesting as a 1900s bridge, these structures still convey a strong sense of beauty and might. This bridge is no exception, with massive members and a large lattice portal bracing, which looks quite impressive as you approach this bridge from a distance. This through truss bridge is a subdivided Warren truss. However the subdivision goes beyond simply adding verticals, as there is also secondary vertical and diagonals that run from halfway up the diagonal members. The result is what one might call a Baltimore-Warren truss bridge. Characteristic of a newer bridge, this structure has bolted connections, although the built up members are all riveted. Uncharacteristic of post-1950s bridges, there is still lattice on the bridge, on the bracing and under the top chord. The one-span structure sits on concrete abutments. There are roller bearing nests as the southern end of the bridge. The railings appear to have been replaced with concrete/pole combination railings.