West Montrose Covered Bridge

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West Montrose Covered Bridge
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Crosses Grand River
Locale West Montrose, Ontario
Maintained by 1999
Design covered bridge
Material concrete (piers)
wood (truss)
Total length 198 feet (60 m)
Width 17 ft
Number of spans 1
Construction begin 1880
Construction end 1880-1881
Construction cost $3,197.50 (1880)[1]
Opened 1881
Inaugurated 1881
Coordinates 43°35′08″N 80°28′53″W / 43.58557°N 80.48147°W / 43.58557; -80.48147Coordinates: 43°35′08″N 80°28′53″W / 43.58557°N 80.48147°W / 43.58557; -80.48147
Westmontrose Bridge at dawn over the Grand River

West Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the "Kissing Bridge", is a covered bridge in West Montrose, Ontario, within Waterloo Region and the last type of this style of bridge in Ontario. Built in 1880-1881 by John Bear, the bridge is still used by pedestrians, buggy traffic and vehicles weighing less than three tonnes over the Grand River.[2]

The bridge was made of wood, but modifications added concrete and steel parts to strengthen the aging structure.[3]

It is the last wooden covered bridge in Ontario, four others destroyed over the years.

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