One of the last conversations I ever had in person with my Grandfather, was about the history of this bridge. He was born in 1906, just before the bridge opened, and he passed away in 1996, which was the year it was replaced.
He remembered the streetcars using this bridge when he was a young man, and he also told me about the original wooden deck being replaced with metal grates.
My Grandfather informed me that the new bridge, which had not yet been completed, would use the original pylons from the old bridge. The new bridge does not use trusses for the approach spans, but the main span is a modern polygonal Warren through truss. While it does not have history or some of the intricate details of the old span, it is nice looking bridge.
Glad to see this bridge on the site - I was planning to add it sometime. Interestingly, this bridge was replaced by a modern truss instead of a UCEB.