Consider suspension bridges, and the thoughts conjures up photographs of worldwide acknowledged landmarks just like the Golden Gate Bridge.
For residents of Scarborough, a extra native instance would possibly come to thoughts, a single-lane suspension bridge tucked away simply northwest of the Toronto Zoo.
The Sewells Street Bridge holds the excellence of being Toronto’s solely suspension bridge carrying highway visitors and is considered one of only a few car suspension bridges in all of Ontario.
Constructed in 1912 (over 4 many years earlier than Scarborough Township was integrated into Metro Toronto) and restored in 1981, the bridge carries a single alternating visitors lane over a scenic stretch of the Rouge River.
The bridge and highway it’s named for cross by a comparatively low-traffic space with a distinctly rural really feel.
Sewells Street connects the final pocket of undeveloped farmland in Toronto to the north alongside Steeles Avenue with the extra built-out areas to the south in direction of Outdated Finch Avenue.
A pair of cables anchored to towers help the 50-metre span, which analysis suggests is among the many shortest towered suspension bridges on the earth.
It spans roughly twice the size of the shortest identified suspension bridge — the Wiggly Bridge in York, Maine — although that bridge is restricted to pedestrians, its identify being a reasonably good indication of why.
In distinction, you’d must stack virtually 40 Sewells Street Bridges end-to-end to match the size of the world’s longest single suspension bridge span, the central span of the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Kobe, Japan.
A hidden treasure well-known by locals and infrastructure geeks alike, the bridge is a rarity in Toronto and the one suspension bridge carrying highway visitors within the province that doesn’t cross a global border.
The opposite three suspension bridges with highway visitors in Ontario (the Ambassador Bridge, Ogdensburg–Prescott Worldwide Bridge, and Thousand Islands Bridge) all dwarf the Sewells Street Bridge in scale.
Smaller scenic pedestrian suspension bridges are scattered throughout the province.
A plaque was put in simply south of the bridge through the 1981 restoration, offering some historical past to these passing by.
In 1912, Frank Barber, Civil Engineer (1878-1945) designed and supervised development of a metal suspension bridge for the Township of Scarborough. Foundations and substructure have been constructed by Lewis Building and the superstructure by Frank Barber. In April, 1981, restoration of the unique bridge was accomplished, leaving its unique look unchanged. Design for restoration work was by Consulting Engineers Gregg and Edens Ltd., with development by S. McNally & Sons. This bridge is a novel instance of its kind in Ontario, demonstrating the advances achieved in civil engineering on the time of its unique development, and it stands right this moment as a tribute to Skilled Engineers in Ontario.
Different related types of bridges might look the half — like Harbourfront’s cable-stayed Amsterdam Bridge — however the Sewells Street Bridge stands alone as a one-of-a-kind standout amongst Toronto’s 1,055 bridges.
In the event you’re planning a go to to the Toronto Zoo by automobile, the bridge is only a fast detour off the overwhelmed path. The quick space is house to a different infrastructure anomaly with the close by Outdated Finch Avenue Bailey Bridge.
Constructed within the wake of Hurricane Hazel, this alternative bridge was rushed into service in simply three days by Canada’s 2nd Subject Engineer Regiment utilizing WWII prefabricated bridge expertise.