The Burgoyne Bridge, St. Catharines, Ontario
The Burgoyne Bridge has been resurfaced, repaired and repainted many times since it was built in 1915. During structural repairs in 1975, the Standard reported Con Eidt, Niagara Region’s director of engineering as saying that the bridge has a life expectancy of only about 10 years despite extensive repairs being done. However, stress tests in the 1980’s determined the bridge sound and further repairs in 1989 extended the life of the bridge for many more years. In 2009 the Burgoyne Bridge was inspected again and it was determined that the bridge was past the point of rehabilitation and should be replaced within 5 to 7 years.
Construction of a new bridge started on March 3, 2014 with an expected completion date of Spring 2017.