Pont Molesworth

The pont Moleworth is a covered bridge in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec, Canada.[1]

Pont Molesworth
Single-track bridge over a river in a marshy area with a wooden enclosure with flaking red pain; there are signs which say "1930 Molesworth", "3,0m", and "baignade á vos risques" as well as yellow and black striped graphics at the entrance.
Coordinates48°44′56″N 78°59′39″W / 48.748889°N 78.994167°W / 48.748889; -78.994167
CarriesRoad Bridge
CrossesRivière Loïs
LocaleMacamic
Characteristics
DesignTown lattice
MaterialWood
Total length34m
Clearance above3.83m
History
Opened1930
Location

Among the last in North America, 34 covered bridges were constructed in Abitibi, and are associated with the colonisation of the region in the early 1900s.[2] Today fewer than half of them are extant.

The single-lane bridge is of Lattice truss bridge design.[3] This design was modified by the Quebec Ministry of Colonisation and was used for more than 500 covered bridges in Quebec.[4]

The central pillar was added in 1950 to increase its capacity. Originally grey, it was repainted red during major renovations in 1987 and 2017.[3]

It is listed in the répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "À la découverte de l'arrière-pays et de ses ponts couverts". Tourisme Abitibi-Témiscamingue (in Canadian French). Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  2. ^ Arbour, Gérald. "Covered Bridges of Quebec". Encyclopédie du patrimoine culturel de l'Amérique française (in Canadian French). Retrieved 18 November 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "pont Molesworth". Les ponts couverts au Québec (in Canadian French). Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  4. ^ Lefrançois, Jean. "Les ponts couverts au Québec" (PDF) (in Canadian French). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Pont Molesworth". Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec (in Canadian French). Retrieved 4 March 2021.

See alsoEdit

List of covered bridges in Quebec