Construction is well underway on the new timber Duchesnay Creek Bridge in northern Ontario. The new bridge is being erected over Highway 17B on the Nipissing First Nation–North Bay boundary and is being built by a limited partnership company comprised of majority owner Nipissing First Nation (NFN) and Miller Paving Limited.
The replacement bridge features an innovative modern timber design inspired by the heritage attributes of the original below-deck wood truss structure. The detailed design was led by LEA Consulting with DTAH providing bridge architect services.
The 93-metre-long, 12-metre-wide bridge will consist of three spans utilizing 12 glue-laminated timber girders supported on reinforced concrete piers. Other enhancements include modern open metal railings inspired by the historic wood railings and hybrid concrete/wood approach walls with incised “DUCHESNAY CREEK” identification text in English, French and Ojibway.