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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.

 

October 2021 Bridge 13 Schedule

For special illumination request, please contact the Downtown Welland BIA

  • October 1: Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • October 2: Yellow and White for Wrongful Conviction Day
  • October 3: Orange for Every Child Matters Walk
  • October 4: Blue for World Habitat Day
  • October 5: Colourful Weekday
  • October 6: Historical White
  • October 7: Teal for International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
  • October 8: Yellow for National Children's Palliative Day
  • October 9: Colourful Weekend
  • October 10: Purple for World Mental Health Day
  • October 11: Yellow and Orange for Thanksgiving
  • October 12: Historical White
  • October 13: Colourful Weekday
  • October 14: Historical White
  • October 15: Pink and Blue for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
  • October 16: Colourful Weekend
  • October 17: Colourful in Recognition of Small Business Week
  • October 18: Colourful in Recognition of Small Business Week
  • October 19: Red for Dyslexia Awareness
  • October 20: Red for Dyslexia Awareness
  • October 21: Purple and Blue for National Disability Employment Awareness
  • October 22: Colourful in Recognition of Small Business Week
  • October 23: Red, White & Green for the 65th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
  • October 24: Colourful Weekend
  • October 25: Historical White
  • October 26: Colourful Weekday
  • October 27: Purple for Dress Purple Day for FACS Niagara
  • October 28: Colourful Weekday
  • October 29: Purple for Rett Syndrome Awareness
  • October 30: Historical White
  • October 31: Orange for Halloween