Hidden behind a hospital and a massive shopping mall a tiny road dead ends at a park. You can still see the old light standards continuing down. I had some time to kill on a Saturday afternoon so I decided to stop and check it out, having a camera with me I naturally brought it along for the hike.

The Middle Road Bridge

Down at the base of the road I was drawn out onto one the side trails that ran along a river bank, following it around I noticed something in the distance, it looked like a bridge, but not a bridge one would expect, it looked like an old road bridge.

The Middle Road Bridge

I moved in closer to said bridge, sticking to the river, it looked old, concret with stone pilings on either bank.

The Middle Road Bridge

The bridge was only a single lane, and happened to continue the road that I had followed initally, this was a bowstring truss (I remembered that from the Bridge project I had in Grade 5), and it was old, that much was clear, such details are not put onto most modern bridges, functionality before form eh? At least there was a plaque to date the bridge, 1909.

The Middle Road Bridge

The Middle Road Bridge

Some research on The King’s Highway website pulls up the following. The bridge was part indeed built as a bowstring truss bridge in 1909, the first such bridge in Ontario, and the road I was walking on…was the Middle Road, yes, the road that in the 1930s was converted into Ontario’s first limited access freeway. The bridge however only served one year on the Middle road before the highway was realigned and a bigger (and less attractive) bridge was constructed.

Nikon F3 – AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 – Fuji Provia 100F (RDPIII)

2 Comments

  1. The 16 Mile Creek bridge photo is actually Bronte creek. compare the lane ends sign to google street view.

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