Sewells Road Bridge

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Sewells Road Bridge
Sewells Bridge.png
Sewells Road suspension bridge on a late fall afternoon
Carries single lane of traffic on Sewells Road
Crosses Rouge River
Locale Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Maintained by Toronto Transportation Services (1998-present)
Scarborough Works Department (1912-1997)
Design Single-decked suspension bridge
Total length 50 metres (160 ft)
Width single lane
Vertical clearance 4.1 metres (13 ft)
Clearance below approximately 4.0 metres (13.1 ft)
Opened 1912 (1912)
Coordinates 43°49′39″N 79°11′59″W / 43.82754°N 79.19962°W / 43.82754; -79.19962Coordinates: 43°49′39″N 79°11′59″W / 43.82754°N 79.19962°W / 43.82754; -79.19962

Sewells Road Bridge is a single direction suspension bridge that carries vehicular traffic north and south on Sewells Road over the Rouge river in Toronto. The bridge is unique as it is one of only a few suspension bridges found in Ontario, and one of the shortest vehicular applications (most suspension bridges are used to span major waterways or valleys).

History[edit]

Completed in 1912, it was designed by civil engineer Frank Barber and Lewis Construction,[1] it is the only suspension bridge in Toronto. The bridge likely provided the only means to cross the Rouge in north Scarborough when it was built. It is located not far from another important bridge crossing the Rouge, Old Finch Avenue Bailey Bridge.

Current[edit]

The bridge remains in use (with restoration in 1981[2]) and is listed in the city's list of historic structures (one of 15 bridges).[3] Two single cables holds up the 50 metres (160 ft) bridge with loads under 5 tonnes (5.5 short tons) and is maintained by Toronto Transportation Services.

An historic plaque was added after 1981 to provide details on the bridge's history and unique value.[4]

See also[edit]

Sewells Road is one of only a few suspension bridges in Ontario:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Denenberg, David. "1912 Sewell's Road". Bridgemeister.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Sewell's Road Bridge - Toronto, ON". Waymarking.com. Groundspeak. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  3. ^ Dodge, Val (2007-06-22). "Toronto's only suspension bridge". Dodgeville. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  4. ^ Brown, Alan L. "Sewell's Road Bridge 1912-1981". Toronto's Historical Plaques. Retrieved 2012-02-01.