8, Black Bridge Road, City of Cambridge, Ontario, N3C, Canada
Black Bridge Road Bridge
8-106 Black Bridge Road
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Black Bridge is located on Black Bridge Road, between Guelph Avenue North and Townline Road, in the City of Cambridge. Black Bridge is a single-lane, pin-jointed, steel truss bridge, which was constructed in 1916.
The property was designated, by the City of Cambridge in 2003, for its cultural value or interest ,under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law 16-03).
Spanning the Speed River, a major tributary of the Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River, the Black Bridge contributes to the scenic rural landscape on the border of Puslinch (Guelph) and Cambridge.
The Black Bridge was constructed in 1916, but there is evidence of a wooden bridge on this site as early as 1910. Historically, Black Bridge Road was called Block Line and was an important boundary in Waterloo County. It divided Wilson's Upper Block from Wilson's Lower Block, and served as a point of reference on early maps, dating back to 1805.
The Black Bridge was built in a design typical of the era. It is a single-lane, pin-jointed, steel truss bridge and, despite extensive repairs, in 1931 and 1996, has retained its original form. It is the only remaining steel bridge of its kind in the City of Cambridge.
Sources: City of Cambridge By-Law 16-03; Spanning the Generations: Heritage Assessment (Black Bridge Road Bridge), 1999.
Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Black Bridge include its:
- single-lane construction
- steel truss configuration
- location on Black Bridge Road, spanning the Speed River
- views to the bridge from both banks and the north and south Black Bridge Road approaches
- views from the bridge of the surrounding rural landscape
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1996/01/01 to 1996/01/01
2003/01/01 to 2003/01/01
1931/01/01 to 1931/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Communications and Transportation
Function - Category and Type
- Bridge, Tunnel or Other Engineering Work
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Cambridge
73 Water St North
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