Sunday, June 1, 2008

Kelley Bridge/ Broer som Binder

A swing bridge is a movable bridge. In its closed position this one (the Kelley Bridge, named after the owner of a nearby farm) was built in 1911 to carry road vehicles over the East Holland River. Turned 90 degrees horizontally, the bridge would open like a gate to let water vessels through, part of a proposed canal system to link Lake Ontario to the south with Lake Simcoe to the north.

This swing bridge -- built to be cranked by hand -- was designed to pivot at one end on a turntable. As you can see, some of the original gearing has been preserved.

But this bridge never operated as a swing bridge. Because of cost overruns, the canal project was cancelled in 1912.

However, the Kelley Bridge did function as an ordinary bridge until 2002, connecting two ends a gravel road.

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16 comments:

imac said...

Great bridge post, for this beautiful swing bridge.

pop over and see my Bridge

FANCY said...

Rocken'roll bridge who don't want to dance...:)

A. said...

Interesting story about the bridge. It looks well maintained even if it's no longer used as a road bridge.

Anemone said...

Oh... this was a strange beauty...
Think I have never ever seen anyone like it in my country.

Thanks for showing ous...

Nice day too you.

9na said...

Interesting! They could indeed build intelligent in old ages, too..

Rose said...

Beautiful bridge...I am glad you showed the workings of it also. I have not seen anything like this that I can remember.

Daniel J Santos said...

Very interesting bridge, excellent.

Small City Scenes said...

Great story, EG. I like bridges and this one is unique. And looks in great shape. MB

Liv said...

This i would say is a good old quality bridge. Fantastic!

RuneE said...

That was interesting! I have never seen a swing bridge before - a pity it was never used as intended.

GundaM said...

yes, a great bridge post;)

Texas Travelers said...

I loved this bridge post. It's great. I loved the close-up of the wheel.

Our Bridge is Built.
Come visit,
Troy and Martha

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wow that is a great bridge i don't think i have seen one like it before

Ida said...

Interesting!
It`s the first bridge I`ve seen of this kind.
I think it is beautiful.
A quiet place i guess, since it is not in use.
Very good post!

fishing guy said...

EG: Very well captured, I like the way you showed the working mechanism.

Anne-Berit said...

Very interresting.I have never seen a bridge like that before.It`s beautiful too.

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