16th Avenue Bailey Bridge
|16th Avenue Bailey Bridge|
|Carries||single lane of traffic on Sewells Road|
|Crosses||Little Rouge Creek|
|Locale||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
|Maintained by||York Region Roads|
|Design||Single-lane wood decked bailey bridge|
|Total length||21.3 metres (70 ft)|
Old (16th Avenue) Bailey Bridge is a bailey bridge located on 16th Avenue (York Regional Road 73) east of Reesor Road within Rouge Park in Markham, Ontario, Canada. The bridge crosses the Little Rouge Creek, a tributary of the Rouge River.
The 21.3-metre (70 ft) wood-plank-deck steel bridge was constructed in 1945 . It was restored in 1965. Little has changed for the bridge and traffic in the area, which is still rural and agricultural.
An assessment by York Region and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in 2007 suggested the bridge be removed when the road is realigned and widened, though still noted that it "is of heritage interest." but is currently not listed in the Markham Heritage Inventory. In a 2010 report from the Transportation Services Committee to the Regional Council, Rouge Park management indicated their desire to maintain the Bailey bridge for pedestrian use. In mid-2011, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority accepted the proposal to save the bridge for use in a future trail, after 16th Avenue is realigned (and widened) to eliminate the jog at Reesor Road. The bridge is an early examples of this type of bridge and are now considered rare and it remains as one of a limited number of bridges of this type in Ontario.
Other bailey bridges in and around this one:
- Lake Shore Boulevard Bailey Bridge - pedestrian overpass
- Old Finch Avenue Bailey Bridge - vehicular bridge
- Jordan Bailey_Bridge (21st Street), Jordan, Ontario
- Princess Point Bailey Bridge, Hamilton, Ontario
- Yonge Street Bailey Bridge - temporary bridge built to replace steel truss bridge washed out during Hurricane Hazel south of York Mills Road from 1954 to 1955
- Unwin Avenue Bridge, Toronto - vehicular traffic
- "Built Heritage and Cultural Landscape Assessment" (PDF). iTRANS Consulting.[dead link]
- "4 - Consultant selection for engineering services - 16th Avenue detailed design - Town of Markham (Request for proposal P-09-76)" (PDF). Report No. 1 of the Transportation Services Committee - Regional Council Meeting of January 21, 2010. Town of Markham. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- "Cycling in Rouge Park". Rouge Valley Conservation Centre. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
- "Item EX7.4" (PDF). Executive Committee Meeting #4/11. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. 2011-05-06. pp. 36–38. Retrieved 2012-02-01.