The Little Current Swing Bridge
is a swing bridge
in the Canadian
province of Ontario
, located at the community of Little Current
in the town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands
The bridge carries Highway 6
(formerly Highway 68
) across a narrow channel
separating Manitoulin Island
from the much smaller Goat Island
, forming the only land access. It consists of two 21 m (70 ft) deck plate girder approaches on the north end (Goat Island) and a single 18 m (60 ft) deck plate girder approach on the south end (Manitoulin Island), with a 112 m (368 ft) through swing bridge span. The swing bridge sits 5.3 m (17.5 ft) above mean water level, and provides a 48 m (160 ft) opening on either side of the central pier for water passage.
Construction on the bridge foundations was commenced in 1912 by the Algoma Eastern Railway, and the bridge itself was constructed in 1913. Originally a railway-only bridge, the bridge stayed in the open position at all times except when a train needed to pass. Passenger traffic to the island was available only by ferry
until 1946, when the bridge was improved to allow both rail and vehicle traffic. Train service to the island was subsequently truncated in the 1980s, with railway service ending at Turner
on the Goat Island side, and the bridge now serves only vehicle traffic.
The bridge now strongly favours highway traffic, staying in the closed (motor vehicles can... Read More