Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Bailey Bridge Construction 2nd Field Engineer Regiment
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2007
On the left side of this photo on a concrete block you will see a City of Scarborough Council plaque here on Finch Avenue east of Sewells Road. The plaque has this to say about this bridge over the Rouge River:
Plaque coordinates: 43.825262 -79.196491
On October 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel struck the Scarborough area with terrifying force, severely damaging or completely washing out several bridges. To maintain a safe flow of traffic throughout the Municipality, a number of Bailey Bridges were erected by the 2nd Field Engineer Regiment of the Canadian Military Engineers. This bridge is the last of those remaining in service in Scarborough. This plaque serves to commemorate the efforts of the 2nd Field Engineer Regiment in meeting this natural disaster.
> Posted January 17, 2013
In 1989 I led a team of 8 to replace the original bridge, because it had suffered excessive rust. My father was involved in construction of the six original bridges. This bridge in the photographs is not the original one. See http://intergon.net/handson.
Capt Lionel Boxer, late of 2FER
> Posted September 6, 2008
There is actually a second bridge of this type in the same area at the base of twin rivers.
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