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Balls Bridge

Balls Bridge's was built in 1885 to connect farmland to the town of Goderich. The bridge itself is an architectural rarity; built with wrought iron in pin-connected, Pratt through truss construction style, it is one of the few remaining bridges of this variety in North America.

In 2006, Balls Bridge in Huron County was closed after an engineer deemed the bridge unsafe. The local community formed an advocacy group, Friends of Balls Bridge (FOBB), and together collected over 1000 signatures in support of the preservation of the bridge. With the help of an engineer through ACO's PreservationWorks! service among others involved in the fight, the case was made to save Balls Bridge. The bridge has since been fully restored.