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Autumn Allumination
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Bridge 13 looking south
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Bridge 13 looking west
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Ship passing under Bridge 13 circa 1970s
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Bridge 13 Construction
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Alexandra Bridge

Welland Bridge 13

Bridge 13 lights up with a variety of colours to commemorate celebrations and events

Bridge 13, known as the Main Street Bridge, was built in 1927-1930 during the construction of the Fourth Welland Canal (1913-1933). This bridge was one of the three largest vertical lift bridges on the canal with a roadway width of 30 feet, girder width of 34.5 feet and a length of 231 feet, 5 5/8 inches. It was also the most expensive, costing $986,363.

The Main Street Bridge’s design is unique in that its towers are set at an angle to both the waterway and the connecting roadways. The bridge is significantly skew in terms of its angle to the waterway, being set at an angle of 22 degrees, 24 minutes and 30 seconds off the normal 90 degree angle. No other canal bridges were more than 12 degrees off square.

The superstructure is composed of two towers with main columns in box form and a central lifting span. The machinery house in the centre of the lifting span has two storeys and once contained the lifting apparatus. The main contract for the superstructure was awarded to the Dominion Bridge Company of Lachine, Quebec. This company is still in business. A local firm, Maguire, Cameron and Phin, were hired as sub-contractors for all of the concrete work. This company remained in business in Welland until the 1970’s.

The bridge is one of only two structures in Welland to have been built almost entirely by members of the First Nation. All of the structural high steel was done by the Mohawks.

From its beginnings, the Main Street Bridge affected the lives of Welland’s inhabitants. It was the only link between the east and west portions of downtown Welland. Its height and central location makes the bridge a dominant element in the downtown core. It has always been the most recognizable landmark identified within the City as a whole.


May 2023 Bridge 13 Schedule

For special illumination requests, please contact the Downtown Welland BIA

  • May 1: Blue in Recognition of Doctor’s Day
  • May 2: Blue & Green in Support of Community Living Month
  • May 3: Green for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
  • May 4: Red in Recognition of International Firefighters Day
  • May 5: Red for Melanoma Prevention
  • May 6: Historical White
  • May 7: Purple International Harm Reduction Day
  • May 8: Blue in Recognition National of Nursing Week
  • May 9: Blue & Yellow Rotary Club of Welland’s Paul Harris Awards
  • May 10: Purple for Lupus Awareness Day
  • May 11: Yellow & Red In Support of Canada Hepatitis Day
  • May 12: Purple in Support of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
  • May 13: Historical White
  • May 14: Pink & Purple in Recognition of Mother’s Day
  • May 15: Historical White
  • May 16: Colourful Weekday
  • May 17: Purple for National Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day
  • May 18: Teal in Support of Food Allergy Awareness Month
  • May 19: Green & Blue for PSW Recognition
  • May 20: Blue & Yellow for International MPS Awareness
  • May 21: Orange in Recognition of Paramedic Services Week
  • May 22: Red & White for Victoria Day
  • May 23: Colourful Weekday
  • May 24: Historical White
  • May 25: Blue & Purple for Huntington’s Disease Awareness
  • May 26: Historical White
  • May 27: Colourful Weekend
  • May 28: Red in support of Menstrual Health Day
  • May 29: Colourful in support of Pride Month
  • May 30: Colourful Weekday
  • May 31: Colourful Weekday