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TO7 - Lambton/Dundas Bridge

General Description
Lambton/Dundas BridgeThe Lambton Bridge which was built in 1929, opened on June 3rd. The Minister of Highways for Ontario, the Honourable George Stewart Henry was there for the opening of the bridge; he was formerly Reeve of York Township and later the Premier of Ontario. As stated in his speech at the opening of the bridge:

"Dundas Street was the first highway built by Governor Simcoe in the seventies. The Dundas Street went to Queen Street and was named after Rt. Hon. Mr. Dundas. The present viaduct supercedes the old one, built 21 years ago, composed of a 2-span wooded truss, which was frequently washed away... in the picture of these two bridges, the old and the new, can be seen the progress made in the development and building up of this portion of the country."
(The Evening Telegram, June 4, 1929)

The original bridge was 640 feet in length and 60 feet wide, including 6-foot sidewalks on either side. The cost of the bridge in 1929 was $350,000.

In 2009, the Dundas Street Bridge was refurbished by the City of Toronto, in order to widen it and to provide a bicycle lane. The heritage design has been maintained through the reconstruction and the addition of Canadian Heritage Rivers' plaques will be added to the bridge railings at the newly constructed viewing platform that overlooks the lower Humber River and the Toronto Historical Park.

 

General Information Physical Components
Bridge No. TO7 Type Pre-stressed concrete beams, reinforced concrete piers
Jurisdiction City of Toronto Span Multiple
Year Built 1929 Dimensions 195 metres in length

 

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Design / Physical Value
I. It is rare, unique, or representative of an early example of a style. Type expression, material or construction method.
II. Displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit
III. Demonstrates a high degree of technical or scientific achievement
Historic / Associative Value
I. Has direct association with a theme, event, belief, person, activity, organization, or institution that is significant to the community
II. Yields, or has the potential to yield, information that contributes to an understanding of the community or culture
III. Demonstrates or reflects the work or ideas of an engineer, builder, or designer who is significant to the nation or community
Contextual Value
I. Is important in defining or supporting the character of the area
II. Is physically or historically linked to its surroundings
III. Is a landmark

 

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