In the town of Bracebridge, Ontario, residents were bracing to say good-bye to their beloved historic landmark, the old McCutcheon Bridge. More than just a crossing, it was a bridge drenched in history and memories for the whole community. But the 1905 stone and concrete structure was showing the signs of more than a century of wear and it was time to replace it.
A change for the better
The old bridge needed a lot of upkeep in recent years and its narrow streambed opening was prone to cause flooding. The Town opted for an easy-to-install Algonquin Modular Panel System from Algonquin. Its galvanized steel structure, anti-skid, epoxy aggregate decking and 27.4 m span all promise many years of trouble-free service.
Bridge installs in three days
Once the site was prepared with new abutments alongside the old bridge, a local construction crew installed the new bridge in just three days with very little traffic disruption. It was also installed without a crane by launching it from one side to the other — a sight that drew many curious onlookers. Algonquin Bridge provided a site advisor, and a customized construction and launching strategy.
Embracing a new era
Marveling at the speed and efficiency of the installation, those curious onlookers rallied around their new bridge — literally and figuratively — and have come to embrace it as the beginning of a new era. Gone but not forgotten, portions of the old bridge’s concrete railings have been saved for potential use as an onsite garden backdrop.
Project Name: McCutcheon Bridge Replacement
Location: Vankoughnet, Ontario
Owner: The Town of Bracebridge
Engineer: C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd. cctatham.com
Contractor: Fowler Construction
Product: Algonquin Modular Panel Bridge
Application: Permanent Stream Crossing
Dimensions: Length 27.4 m, Width 4.2 m