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Powerscourt Covered Bridge
Pont Percy
Aqk Percy Aug2005.jpg
View (August 2005) looking upriver, from the West bank (Elgin)
Coordinates 45°00′31″N 74°09′34″W / 45.00871°N 74.15953°W / 45.00871; -74.15953Coordinates: 45°00′31″N 74°09′34″W / 45.00871°N 74.15953°W / 45.00871; -74.15953
Carries 2-lane road (reduced to one lane + 2 sidewalks in 2010)
Crosses Chateauguay River
Locale Between Elgin and Hinchinbrooke
Design McCallum Truss
Total length 51 m (167 ft)
Width 6.2 m (20 ft)
Height 8 m (26 ft) to top
Longest span 26 m (85 ft)
Clearance above 3 m (9.8 ft)
Opened 1861
Daily traffic Automotive and pedestrian
Official name: Powerscourt Covered Bridge National Historic Site of Canada
Designated: 1984
Patrimoine culturel du Québec
Type: Classified heritage immovable
Designated: 1987

The Powerscourt Covered Bridge is a covered bridge that takes the First Concession Road across the Chateauguay River in Hinchinbrooke, Quebec. It is also known as the Percy Bridge.

It was constructed in 1861, and employs the McCallum inflexible arched truss, developed by Daniel McCallum. It was the only McCallum truss bridge that was not a railway bridge, and since wooden truss railway bridges have all but been replaced with steel and concrete bridges, it is the last bridge of its kind in the world. In 2009 it was fully restored to its original 1861 plans.

It is supported on three masonry piers and the two spans are structurally independent of each other.

The Powerscourt Covered Bridge was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984 because:

  • it is the only known example of a McCallum inflexible arched truss bridge still in existence;
  • it is one of the oldest covered bridges that exists in Canada.

The bridge was also named an Historic Monument of Quebec in 1987. It was documented by the U.S. Historic American Engineering Record in 2003 with assistance from Public Works and Government Services Canada.

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