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Metro-One
Aug 12, 2010, 4:08 AM
It is such a nice day today I rode my bike across the Golden Ears today and took a few pics on the way. On my bike ride there were another 10 or so cyclists, plus even a few joggers crossing the bridge as well, so it seems the bike lanes on it are catching on ;)

The traffic as well appears to be becoming heavier with many commercial vehicles using it (container trucks, dump trucks, farming supply vehicles, etc...)

That is actually an amazing benefit of the Golden Ears bridge is it properly connects the ALR lands north of the river of the ALR lands south of the river in the area.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4883447221_03f85b0255_b.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4883448087_0873788eee_b.jpg


Looking back north to Maple Ridge and the Golden Ears Way (and the airport road interchange)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4094/4883446517_b26ae82ff8_b.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4116/4884048648_92e88da613_b.jpg


The kick ass bike lane exit ramp south bound on the south side of the bridge.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4884048458_dd975020ca_b.jpg


under the south side approach viaduct

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4118/4884044158_d50d98f477_b.jpg


The south side approach viaduct looking north (after the 200th st interchange)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4884044866_a90a748f8e_b.jpg


Looking south to the 200th St. Interchange, BC's most impressive / Japanese looking elevated road structure IMO.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4883443883_10c18bc885_b.jpg

All pics are my own!

My flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/30634635@N03/

Cheers!

bulliver
Aug 12, 2010, 7:11 AM
Great shots Metro. I really want to head to the GEB for some long exposure shots, I think the compo on your second last shot would make a fantastic light trail shot, especially with a wider lens. Is there any lighting on the towers?

Dmajackson
Aug 16, 2010, 2:42 AM
^Nice pics. I think golden Ears might be one of the nicest in Canada! :)

Just two photos I shot of the twins in Halifax on Saturday. They are taken from the same spot and if you are wondering why the MacKay is so busy, this photo was taken ten minutes before it closed for deck repairs (The McD has been the detour bridge every weekend this summer).

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4079/4895879349_7332f406cc_b.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4895881839_c343edbd5c_b.jpg

bulliver
Aug 16, 2010, 7:55 AM
William R. Bennett Bridge, Kelowna-West Kelowna
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4101/4897202658_f702be9e24_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/badcomputer/4897202658/)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4896606489_4d5589b7cf_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/badcomputer/4896606489/)

davidivivid
Aug 16, 2010, 8:49 PM
Le Tracel, a train bridge in Cap-Rouge, a suburb of Quebec City. It was built around the same time as the Quebec Cantilever Bridge as part of the National Transcontinental Railway project.


http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/7850/cap-rouge-02.jpg
http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/7850/cap-rouge-02.jpg

http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/1618/3690.jpg
http://i1.trekearth.com/photos/1618/3690.jpg

Metro-One
Aug 16, 2010, 9:12 PM
Sweet Pics guys! I love how Vancouver and Halifax have nearly the same identical bridge as the gateways into their Harbours. A good bookends for Canada!

I also love how the Okanagan bridge is a floating bridge and looks similar to those found in Florida and other Gulf Coast areas, adds to the "exotic" feel of Kelowna ;)

davidivivid
Aug 16, 2010, 9:26 PM
...and again the Quebec bridge and the Pierre Laporte bridge.


http://ic2.pbase.com/o3/83/550183/1/107561928.DNkwl3ZO.passagesouslesponts.JPG
http://ic2.pbase.com/o3/83/550183/1/107561928.DNkwl3ZO.passagesouslesponts.JPG


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2610/4026213714_6bcfa90619_o.jpg
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2610/4026213714_6bcfa90619_o.jpg

Distill3d
Aug 17, 2010, 7:04 AM
^ I was just watching something about the construction of the Quebec Bridge the other day. A lot of tragedy for such a beautiful result.

davidivivid
Aug 17, 2010, 6:19 PM
^You are absolutely right : the story of this bridge is tragic. I thought about posting pictures of the bridge because I recently stumbled upon old images of the disaster:

http://www.quebecurbain.qc.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1907-QUEBEC-BRIDGE-COLLAPSE-DISASTER.jpg
http://www.quebecurbain.qc.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1907-QUEBEC-BRIDGE-COLLAPSE-DISASTER.jpg


http://www.quebecurbain.qc.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1907-QUEBEC-BRIDGE-COLLAPSE-DISASTER-2.jpg
http://www.quebecurbain.qc.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/1907-QUEBEC-BRIDGE-COLLAPSE-DISASTER-2.jpg

Airboy
Aug 23, 2010, 6:09 PM
Quennel Bridge now a historic site. Or at least it will be if the renovations ever get complete,and now this.
http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100823/EDM_dino_100823/20100823/?hub=EdmontonHome

Daveography
Aug 23, 2010, 7:52 PM
^ The bridge is unaffected, the fossils were found while working on an drainage project.

Metro-One
Aug 29, 2010, 3:41 AM
Took my bike over the Pitt River Bridge today.

Here are a few pics:


Looking east from the centre of the span

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4936229019_862314b619_b.jpg


This is the view looking north from the centre of the span. It is one of my favorite vistas is all of BC, and it is in Metro-Vancouver.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4936818918_e57230b6e1_b.jpg


And looking a little more east from the same spot on the bridge is the Golden Ears Mountains (These are the peaks the Golden Ears Bridge is named after)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4100/4936227613_a73b15b32f_b.jpg

All pics are my own

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30634635@N03/?saved=1

Cheers

kw5150
Aug 30, 2010, 9:23 PM
Peace river bridge near Fort St John, BC 800 metres long

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vsvr4UCp9FE/TCgkQ9N-q6I/AAAAAAAABPY/FUShpJrR7d8/s1600/002a+Peace+River+bridge(s)+@+Taylor+DSC03082_edited-2.jpg

http://www.tvpengineering.com/images/large/taylor4.jpg





Hudsons Hope, BC suspension bridge

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2016/1527008983_d54f9e3d31.jpg?v=0




Teslin, Yukon bridge

http://www.jaekl.net/~chris/drive/pics/TeslinBridge.jpg




Kiskatinaw, BC curved wood bridge over 100 ft high very cool

http://suethomas.ca/images/AlaskaHwy_BC/19970921_KiskatinawrBr.jpg

kw5150
Aug 30, 2010, 9:53 PM
Bridge over Kicking horse Canyon, BC

http://www.onsitereview.ca/storage/parkbridgeaerial.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1262018866568

http://www.roadtraffic-technology.com/projects/kickinghorse/images/1-kicking-horse-upgrade.jpg

http://pixdaus.com/pics/12079864914C1FGAR.jpg


http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a76/srperry/2007-07-05013-1.jpg?1283203544





White pass railroad, Yukon

http://msnbcmedia2.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Sections/Travel%20Section/______EDIT/scariest%20train%20rides-alaska.grid-6x2.JPG

http://www.cruisereviews.com/images/ports/alaskaportreviews/images/WhitePassRailroad.jpg





Near Williams lake bc

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/112/271009408_d4c5c5c64a.jpg?v=0





de cho future bridge, NWT

http://srj.ca/clients/srj/DehChodesignerbridge.jpg

red-paladin
Aug 31, 2010, 6:52 AM
Here are some renderings of the new Port Mann Bridge.
With 163m high towers, and 10 lanes wide, it will be by far the largest in the country.
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/gateway/photo_pages/pmh1/large/PMB_2.jpg
Source:http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/gateway/photo_pages/pmh1/large/PMB_2.jpg (http://www.pmh1project.com/)
http://www.ibtengineers.com/PROJECTS/PortMann/image/Port-Mann1.jpg
Source:http://www.ibtengineers.com/PROJECTS/PortMann/portmann-1.html
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/gateway/photo_pages/pmh1/large/PMB_3.jpg
Source:http://pmh1project.com/inforoom/default.aspx

kw5150
Aug 31, 2010, 4:10 PM
NOOOOOO!!!!!!! I love the old Port Mann bridge...... but reality is reality I guess. I love the large steel tubes that they used to build it.... :(

On the other hand, the new bridge design is nice, but I am torn, it looks just like many other new bridges in the world.......

What do other Vancouverites think? They probably like the reduced road congestion for sure and the future Skytrain capabilities.....

LeftCoaster
Aug 31, 2010, 4:29 PM
Obviously the new bridge (and the major changes to the highway on either end) are much better than the existing Port Mann, but a lot of Vancouverites would probably agree with you. The existing PMB is a style you dont see too much of anymore, and its replacement is rather ubiquitious. The new one is still a pretty cool looking bridge imo though.

eemy
Aug 31, 2010, 4:55 PM
It's too bad the Deh Cho Bridge doesn't get more attention. I like the attention that has been given to building an eye-catching design, and the engineering for that location is quite remarkable.

Airboy
Aug 31, 2010, 5:11 PM
http://www.dehchobridge.info/


It's too bad the [Deh Cho Bridge doesn't get more attention. I like the attention that has been given to building an eye-catching design, and the engineering for that location is quite remarkable.

Problem with this is the failure of the original contractor. And most people think its a waste of money. A strengthened ferry would be considerably cheaper.(They say)
The final design I saw doesn't have the towers.

I think its about time but with all the problem the completion is still some time away.

They need to build the Highway all the way up the Mackenzie for any real benefit.

http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/dehchobridge.aspx

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2010/04/01/north-deh-cho-bridge-defect.html

http://www.hayriverhub.com/2010/03/gnwt-confident-in-new-deh-cho-bridge-team/

kw5150
Aug 31, 2010, 5:26 PM
It's too bad the Deh Cho Bridge doesn't get more attention. I like the attention that has been given to building an eye-catching design, and the engineering for that location is quite remarkable.

Yes, I had never heard of it until now. But after reading about it for the last couple of days, maybe there is a reason for the lack of coverage? I bet once some of the major aspects of the desing are built, it will start to garner some attention.

LeftCoaster
Aug 31, 2010, 5:56 PM
Thats a real project? I honestly thought you guys were kidding that something like that would get build in the NWT!

What in the world is it for? Mining operations?

Edit* Never mind I read up on it... pretty cool looking bridge, not nearly as expensive as it looks though.

Airboy
Aug 31, 2010, 6:13 PM
This is like a lot of issues and projects in the north, If you are not up there you miss a lot. Getting the money is tough to start. The Feds have been saying for years that a deep water port is coming, but they keep saying it.

Resolute is expanding the Arctic Shelf research center.

Inuvik has a northern research center being built.

An Inuit culture center is being built in Clyde River.

Rankin has a Trade school and Healing centers going in.

Paulatuk will get a nickle mine.
Baffinlands is building an Iron mine south of Pond inlet.

And there is lots of housing going in.

Maybe we need a Northern Thread. Yukon, NWT and Nunavut.

Dwils01
Sep 22, 2010, 2:58 PM
This is the international bridge in Sault Ste. Marie (partly owned by Canada).
http://www.historicbridges.org/other/international/sault002.JPG
The Bridge behind it is the rail bridge that crosses the St. Mary's River. The bridge lifts up when ships are approaching the lock system.
Below is the Hwy 6 swing bridge that connects Manitoulin Island with the mainland near Espanola in Northern Ontario.
http://www.wonderofcreation.org/wp-content/uploads/Little-Current-swing-bridge1.jpg

David1gray
Sep 22, 2010, 3:27 PM
the manitoulin bridge brings back memories. driving from nova scotia to lake mindemoya on manitoulin island, getting to the bridge and waiting to cross. havent been to the island in probably 6 or 7 years. its pretty old, has there been any talk of ever replacing it?

caltrane74
Sep 22, 2010, 3:33 PM
http://dcnonl.com/article/id40685

http://dcnonl.com/images/archivesid/40685/120.jpg

Coast Meridian Overpass built in increments to avoid disruptions

PETER KENTER

correspondent

Port Coquitlam, B.C. is a town cut in half by a rail yard that requires residents to use underpasses at either end of the city to traverse town.

Introducing the new Coast Meridian Overpass (CMO), a 580-metre long cable-stayed bridge that provides the city with a new north-south link and supplies four vehicle lanes, two bicycle lanes and a pedestrian path.

The $135-million project is made up of twin steel box girders and a composite concrete deck and employs 5,000 tonnes of structural steel.

Built by contractor SNC-Lavalin Constructors Pacific and designed by International Bridge Technologies, Inc. of San Diego, the project represents the first incrementally launched cable-stayed steel bridge in North America.

The superstructure was built by George Third & Son (GTS) and Dynamic Structures.

The design challenge for the bridge was crossing 50 parallel sets of tracks in the CPR rail yard without disrupting train traffic or rail operations. The solution: install concrete piers at strategic locations throughout the rail yard, then build the bridge in sections, feeding it forward across the piers until it reached the other side.

“There was a lot of discussion on the design,” says Robert Gale, Senior Engineer with Somerset Engineering/KWH Constructors, the launching contractor for the project and a division of GTS.

“The steel box girders were three metres deep, and they needed to clear the train envelope, so designing a cable-stayed bridge allowed us to get away with that. It was basically a go-round of making sure you had enough clearance of the structure, strong enough to launch across the piers but designed to remain in a permanent position for a century. The bridge was designed with six per cent approaches on either end, to get traffic up and over the rail yard.”

Construction of a bridge had been discussed as early as 1913, but this particular project had been in the planning stage for about 20 years. Much of the recent discussion involved negotiations with CPR to build the bridge in the air space over private property.

“They didn’t want their operations impacted at all,” says Gale.

“We had to limit the piers to as few as possible and that’s one of the reasons we chose steel for the bridge. Concrete would have been heavier and would have required more piers to be built.”

The final design involved six spans over a single row of five concrete piers with drilled steel shafts and concrete pier heads placed to avoid the tracks.

“On some projects, you launch the bridge all in one go, or launch it from both directions,” says Gale. “In this case, we incrementally launched the bridge from the south, as we added structure to the back of it.”

Five bridge deck sections were delivered over four months, then bolted and spliced together, with the longest sections delivered last.The bridge was clamped, then moved forward a few feet at a time using hydraulic rams.

Rollers on the top of the piers smoothed the progress of the growing structure.

Temporary cable stays helped to keep the bridge in line.

The company had previously used the launching system on the Kicking Horse Bridge project but modified it for the CMO.

“We had a little more deflection of the bridge than we initially expected,” says Gale. “But we learned how to compensate for that.”

The sixth and final span was conventionally constructed, using a crane.

Construction began in March 2008 and, despite the project challenges, the bridge opened on time to traffic exactly two years later in March 2010.

Gale says he also had an ulterior motive for cheering on the completion of the bridge.

“The offices of Dynamic Structures are located a couple of blocks from one end of the bridge,” he says. “It really saves me a lot of time driving to work.

drm310
Dec 23, 2010, 4:58 PM
Enjoy this piece of Canadian history while it lasts. The Traffic Bridge in Saskatoon is going to be demolished. This Parker truss bridge was built in 1907.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/92/226250091_06a41b1534_z.jpg
Photo by me (Daryl Mitchell (http://www.flickr.com/photos/daryl_mitchell/)) - Creative Commons license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/)

Bridge to be replaced
Majority on council opt not to preserve Traffic Bridge

By David Hutton, The StarPhoenix
December 7, 2010

Saskatoon's founding bridge is history.

After months of public debate on the future of the 103-year-old Traffic Bridge, city council on Monday voted 8-3 in favour of demolishing the south downtown icon and replacing it with a modern steel truss bridge with wider lanes -- termed a "PT Cruiser" by one councillor -- for an estimated $27 million to $34 million. [...]

Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Bridge+replaced/3937710/story.html#ixzz18xFdm9mg

The_Architect
Dec 24, 2010, 1:10 AM
Somebody may have posted this already..
but Humber Bridge in Toronto (pedestrian and bike):

http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarking/display/13ed50d9-9750-46e6-a3d9-f1979051e2a7.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2417/2181991526_fa4bbae949.jpg

GORDBO
Dec 24, 2010, 5:58 AM
Great pics and info on all these great bridges so far!
Maybe to keep this thread alive and relevant[since most roadway bridges have now been featured], the great railway:tup: bridges and trestles could be included in this great thread!

The_Architect
Dec 24, 2010, 6:49 AM
Not the most interesting but here's the historic CN bridge over the 16 mile creek in Oakville:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1377/866413412_62acb5612b.jpg?v=0

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_27yaP5sJAYg/StpUMrfaOxI/AAAAAAAABno/f_hqPkl9fr0/s400/fall%3B-foliage-04-train-trestle.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/157/405123665_3442a993d7.jpg?v=0

GORDBO
Dec 24, 2010, 8:57 AM
:previous:

Thats a beauty! I'm guessing late 20's early 30's?

Berklon
Dec 24, 2010, 3:43 PM
Not the most interesting but here's the historic CN bridge over the 16 mile creek in Oakville:

I cross this bridge twice a day on the GO train from Hamilton to Toronto and back. Always liked the view it provided.

whiteford
Dec 24, 2010, 3:51 PM
i love the ctrain one. one can imagine what HSR would look like going through ol Alberta. hahah very good pictures everyone and merry Christmas to all.

Metro-One
Dec 24, 2010, 11:47 PM
Here is an impressive recent picture of the south approach of the new Port Mann Bridge.

Look at how wide it is! (compare it to the existing 5 lane Port Mann Bridge beside it).

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/5284325488_8f0a658bc8_b.jpg

source:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/...0a658bc8_b.jpg

LeftCoaster
Oct 5, 2011, 7:51 PM
Boy was I wrong:
I'd be surprised if it cost billions but around a billion for sure. Good to see that aging infrastructure in Mtl getting replaced.

Feds announce $5B replacement to Champlain Bridge
Tolls will likely be collected to help pay for structure
CBC News Posted: Oct 5, 2011 12:13 PM ET

A $5-billion bridge is in the works to replace Montreal's aging Champlain Bridge and it will come "at very low or no cost to taxpayers," according to the federal transport minister.

Denis Lebel called the project "one of the most important of the decade," as he made the announcement Wednesday in Montreal, alongside Mayor Gérald Tremblay.

Tremblay called the project "an investment that will be very important to the [economy] but also the social and sustainable development of the greater Montreal area."

"It has important consequences for Quebec, but also Canada," he said.

The financing details haven't been released, but Lebel said the federal government prefers the project be a public-private partnership, limiting costs to taxpayers.

He also indicated the new structure would likely be a toll bridge.

The Champlain Bridge was officially opened as a toll bridge in 1962. The tolls were eventually abolished in 1990.

Even before Wednesday’s announcement, talk of a new bridge had renewed calls by some south shore politicians to restore and expand toll charges to help pay for municipal infrastructure.

“The governments seem to be out of money,” said Brossard city councillor Alexandre Plante.

“We’re facing big challenges in terms of money to put into our infrastructure. If you use the roads, you have to pay for it.”

Chateauguay mayor Nathalie Simon said as long as the toll revenues were used to support transit and are fairly divided, she would support charging tolls on all of the city’s bridges and tunnels.

“If the money’s going to help us to provide new bus transportation or public transit or maintain our infrastructure, that’s good,” she said.

“But if that goes into a whole budget at the federal level that we won’t see any money, that’s another thing.”

'Between the cup and the lip, there are many slips. So all we have is an announcement.' —Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae

Even with the federal commitment, it will still be at least a decade before the new bridge opens.

That drew criticism from Liberal MPs, including interim leader Bob Rae.

"We don’t have a plan today and we don’t have a new bridge today," he said.

"What we have is an announcement. Between the cup and the lip, there are many slips. So all we have is an announcement."

A recent report on the bridge's condition estimated that major repairs to prolong its life would cost an estimated $25 million over the next decade.

The report, released in July, concluded the bridge would have to be replaced eventually, even with repairs.

Montreal Liberal MP Denis Coderre pointed to a 2006 report which said the Champlain had 10 years of useable life left.

"Well, 2006 plus 10 years is 2016. And then we’re up to 2021. So that’s an important element. It’s a question of safety."

Lebel said the federal government will continue spending to maintain the existing bridge until a new structure is built.

"The Champlain Bridge is safe, but it does need maintenance," he said. "It is clear that we won't be able to repair it forever. We have to take action to replace it."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/10/05/bridge-annoucement-montreal.html

caltrane74
Oct 5, 2011, 8:14 PM
Hey I was right, you see, and I didn't need an MBA to tell me that!

lol!

LeftCoaster
Oct 5, 2011, 8:19 PM
Boy did I ever waste my money. :(

I still don't understand/believe how the bridge could be that expensive.

Tone
Oct 5, 2011, 9:43 PM
Boy did I ever waste my money. :(

I still don't understand/believe how the bridge could be that expensive.

You probably know it but the bridge is 3.5 kilometers long! (and have to cross the seaway)

Metro-One
Oct 5, 2011, 10:44 PM
:previous:This sounds very exciting! I knew Quebec couldn't allow BC to be the only province building new mega bridges in Canada ;)

Acajack
Oct 5, 2011, 11:31 PM
:previous:This sounds very exciting! I knew Quebec couldn't allow BC to be the only province building new mega bridges in Canada ;)

We are actually more concerned with not having the bridges fall down than with one-upping BC, to be quite honest! ;)

sonysnob
Oct 6, 2011, 12:49 AM
This is Pont Laviolette in Trois Rivieres, QC:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/PQ/A/55/A55_pont_Laviolette_forum.jpg

bulliver
Oct 6, 2011, 1:16 AM
Beautiful shot, beautiful bridge.

Chadillaccc
Oct 6, 2011, 2:33 AM
The Deh Cho Bridge, under construction in the Northwest Territories between Hay River and Yellowknife.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6023/6191380250_47c32e05e9.jpg

An amazing feat of engineering for such a remote area :)

Acajack
Oct 6, 2011, 1:55 PM
Boy was I wrong:



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/10/05/bridge-annoucement-montreal.html

The current joke in Quebec is that the replacement for the Champlain which was announced by the Harper Tories this week will be named the Pont Elizabeth-II...

The_Architect
Oct 6, 2011, 2:03 PM
I think Toronto should build a big suspension bridge from the portlands to the downtown..

Why? Because I want a bridge in my skyline shots! :p

(Obviously I'm kidding that would be ridiculous)

Vaillant
Oct 6, 2011, 2:22 PM
The current joke in Quebec is that the replacement for the Champlain which was announced by the Harper Tories this week will be named the Pont Elizabeth-II...

just one thing... :yuck:

The_Architect
Oct 6, 2011, 2:31 PM
just one thing... :yuck:

Well her majesty is known for her longevity.. Maybe this one will last.

mhy
Oct 6, 2011, 5:56 PM
:previous:This sounds very exciting! I knew Quebec couldn't allow BC to be the only province building new mega bridges in Canada ;)

I honestly think Kevin Falcon had some kind of legacy complex, hence every new bridge in BC (port mann, golden ears, canada line, coast-meridan overpass, etc) is an easily-identifiable cable-stay bridge. He probably wants to be known as the bridge-builder or something...

LeftCoaster
Oct 6, 2011, 6:00 PM
Well I don't necessarily disagree with you abour Falcon's desired legacy, the bridges are all cable stayed due to seismic requirements.

ssiguy
Oct 6, 2011, 6:22 PM
Vancouver has some lovely bridges and I also like the new the new cable stayed ones they have been building in the last 20 years.
The Lion's Gate i a beautiful bridge but my favorite has always been the Burrard.
I really like London's old Blackfriar's Bridge.

My favorite bridge in Canada is also an international one and the smallest international bridge in the world. It's a little tiny walk bridge between two houses that are on their own tiny little islands in Ontario's Thousand Islands. Not only very very cute but also international as one house is on the US side and the other on the Canadian.

davidivivid
Oct 7, 2011, 1:09 AM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6231/6218319305_f522a59f65_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidivivid/6218319305/)
Tracel - Marina Cap-Rouge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidivivid/6218319305/) par davidivivid (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidivivid/), sur Flickr

Travis007
Oct 7, 2011, 1:59 AM
Sweet photo, looks really majestic. Now that's a fine piece of engineering.

ToxiK
Oct 7, 2011, 4:31 AM
I think Toronto should build a big suspension bridge from the portlands to the downtown..

Why? Because I want a bridge in my skyline shots! :p

(Obviously I'm kidding that would be ridiculous)

A bridge would look good in the Toronto skyline (I am just talking about the look, not the practicality).

Maybe someone with talent with Photoshop could "built" a bridge in a Toronto picture.

ToxiK
Oct 7, 2011, 4:35 AM
The current joke in Quebec is that the replacement for the Champlain which was announced by the Harper Tories this week will be named the Pont Elizabeth-II...

I think it is a very real possibility. Since the bridge will take at least 10 years to build, it could be named posthumously in the honor of the Queen.

(I am no way a monarchist, but I don't wish the Queen dead. Don't make me say things I didn't said).

Dmajackson
Oct 7, 2011, 5:42 AM
I think its time for some East Coast lovin' (all photos NOT by me see links for credits);

Confederation Bridge

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3278/2825445686_60ea8a9f76_z.jpg
F .hayet @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30152236@N07/2825445686/in/photostream/)

MacDonald Bridge

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5065785821_d4a257e5bf_z.jpg
HAWKES NS @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/35297950@N08/5065785821/)

Sherbrooke Bridge (St. Mary's NS circa 1910)

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/115/291514144_482c09a6af_z.jpg
toastedweasel @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/32095170@N00/291514144/in/photostream/)

Cape Breton Bridge (near Kelly's Mountain I believe)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2451/3923131468_b2a0e019df_z.jpg
John S Y Lee @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsylee/3923131468/in/photostream/)

Canso Causeway (swinging bridge)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2246/2075518784_045013b75f_z.jpg?zz=1
Sparechange63 @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sparechange63/2075518784/in/photostream/)

St. Martin's

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6168106202_5ec3c71a47_z.jpg
ROC1968 @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kleppinger/6168106202/in/photostream/)

Meat Cove (new bridge built after washout last year)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6012/5968351984_df9f6a6257_z.jpg
Strabanephotos @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11287317@N04/5968351984/)

And my personal favourites the one lane bridges. This particular one has no location listed but it says Nova Scotia and I have a hunch its the one I love on the backroad to Pugwash :)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4903650283_6e8121e7ca_z.jpg
ɔɐɯ uǝɥdǝʇs(mighty busy) @ Flickr.com (http://www.flickr.com/photos/strimain/4903650283/)

LeftCoaster
Oct 7, 2011, 1:21 PM
Love that St. Martin's bridge.

Acajack
Oct 7, 2011, 1:27 PM
I think it is a very real possibility. Since the bridge will take at least 10 years to build, it could be named posthumously in the honor of the Queen.

(I am no way a monarchist, but I don't wish the Queen dead. Don't make me say things I didn't said).

It is highly unlikely (even impossible) that we will see any new namings of anything in honour of the royals in Quebec. Even with the current bunch of Conservatives we have in power - it's still pretty much a no-go.

red-paladin
Oct 8, 2011, 3:55 PM
Progress on the new Port Mann Bridge.

http://archives.earthcam.com/archives5/ecnetwork/ca/bc/surreyjh/2011/10/07/1200.jpg
http://archives.earthcam.com/archives5/ecnetwork/ca/bc/victoria-2//2011/10/07/1315.jpg
From http://www.earthcam.com/clients/britishcolumbia/portmann/?cam=capehorn

mike474
Oct 8, 2011, 4:26 PM
The current joke in Quebec is that the replacement for the Champlain which was announced by the Harper Tories this week will be named the Pont Elizabeth-II...

Dieu protège la reine
De sa main souveraine
Vive la reine
Qu'un règne glorieux
Loin et victorieux
Rende son peuple heureux
Vive la reine

renthefinn
Oct 10, 2011, 12:48 AM
Well I don't necessarily disagree with you abour Falcon's desired legacy, the bridges are all cable stayed due to seismic requirements.

I don't think the bridges are cable stayed for seismic requirements, as other types of bridges can be successfully designed and build to seismic requirements, rather cable stay's are the most cost effective for the current span, height, constructability, and seismic requirements of the recent and current Vancouver bridges.

Note, within the cable stay bridges in Vancouver, there are some major differences (superdosed, steel deck/concrete deck, post tensioned concrete, etc).

Acajack
Oct 10, 2011, 12:48 PM
Dieu protège la reine
De sa main souveraine
Vive la reine
Qu'un règne glorieux
Loin et victorieux
Rende son peuple heureux
Vive la reine

When I was kid I went to Franco-Ontarian schools for a while and we actually had this in our songbooks. Not sure if they had this in schools in Quebec though...

Vaillant
Oct 10, 2011, 5:04 PM
When I was kid I went to Franco-Ontarian schools for a while and we actually had this in our songbooks. Not sure if they had this in schools in Quebec though...

never had such thing in Quebec :yuck:

Rico Rommheim
Oct 10, 2011, 6:22 PM
Dieu protège la reine
De sa main souveraine
Vive la reine
Qu'un règne glorieux
Loin et victorieux
Rende son peuple heureux
Vive la reine

Bahahah that's awful! :haha:

Acajack
Oct 11, 2011, 1:33 AM
never had such thing in Quebec :yuck:

Franco-Ontarians' undying loyalty to Canada and ALL of its symbols sometimes produces weird results...

mike474
Oct 11, 2011, 2:10 AM
When I was kid I went to Franco-Ontarian schools for a while and we actually had this in our songbooks. Not sure if they had this in schools in Quebec though...

A friend of mine who did French immersion in Winnipeg used to sing it everyday apparently

I like to sing it to my Quebécois friends :haha:

MolsonExport
Oct 11, 2011, 1:00 PM
The Port Mann Bridge replacement looks every bit as great as the Mary Hill subdevelopment in PoCo looks like shit.

Acajack
Oct 11, 2011, 2:44 PM
A friend of mine who did French immersion in Winnipeg used to sing it everyday apparently

I like to sing it to my Quebécois friends :haha:

Pretty funny!

Although I do recall seeing it on paper in songbooks many times, I've never actually heard it sung in French.

MolsonExport
Oct 11, 2011, 4:48 PM
^It is the official anthem for the RRQ :D

Homer000
Oct 11, 2011, 5:34 PM
Really great pics!

Acajack
Oct 12, 2011, 2:33 PM
^It is the official anthem for the RRQ :D

RRQ = Régie des rentes du Québec? The pension and benefits agency?

MolsonExport
Oct 12, 2011, 5:04 PM
Le RRQ, le Réseau de Résistance du Québécois


They have a real soft-spot for the Royal family. ;)

Metro-One
Oct 14, 2011, 5:52 AM
Hello, nothing special but here is some info on the new Donald Bridge over the Columbia River west of Golden. Part of the upgrading of the #1 through BC.

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz322/Metro-One/Picture6-4.png

It is currently u/c.

Metro-One
Oct 21, 2011, 12:26 AM
So today was a nice afternoon in Vancouver to go for a walk over the Canada Line Bridge and snap some photos (The C-Line bridge has a nice pedestrian / bike walkway built under the tracks).

Here is the Vancouver side approach, heading south

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6059/6265184100_ce8ba65e4a_b.jpg


A look of the bridge from the south end (looking towards Vancouver). The good thing about skytrain is there are trains passing by every 3 minutes, so one does not have to wait long to snap a pic of some train action ;)

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6042/6265196512_a341a047a9_b.jpg


Again looking north. One thing that Vancouver's mass transit system has is the most impressive metro bridges in Canada.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6096/6265199108_640f88580d_b.jpg


The pedestrian walkway itself mid span with the southbound rail bed hanging above.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6043/6265202878_20b830b6f6_b.jpg


And here is where the Canada Line dips below the Oak Street Bridge in Richmond (highway 99). Crazy jumbled areas like this have made metro-vancouver feel larger IMO.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6117/6265191256_277844c1f6_b.jpg


And here is the Oak Street Bridge entering Vancouver (the end of the freeway portion of highway 99) You can also see the fall colours now nearing full bloom.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6163/6265201076_22c8346bac_b.jpg

All pics are my own, cheers!

My Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30634635@N03/?saved=1

entheosfog
Oct 23, 2011, 7:52 PM
Here's some really good pictures of the new (and old) Port Mann Bridge from a local Vancouver blogger:
http://www.miss604.com/2011/10/from-the-miss604-flickr-pool-port-mann-bridge-photos.html

Calebb
Oct 24, 2011, 12:59 AM
Hello, nothing special but here is some info on the new Donald Bridge over the Columbia River west of Golden. Part of the upgrading of the #1 through BC.

http://i840.photobucket.com/albums/zz322/Metro-One/Picture6-4.png

It is currently u/c.

Why stop there at just the bridge? Does BC have any plans for elevated bridge viaducts for their portion of HWY 1. I always hear them making excuses for the lack of lanes because some parts of the mountains only have narrow passage ways, yet a simple elevated bridge viaduct would solve all those problems.

bulliver
Oct 24, 2011, 1:04 AM
^$$$$$$$$$

Metro-One
Dec 3, 2011, 9:38 PM
So on my bike ride yesterday i finally got some pics of what is in my opinion Canada's most elegant Bridge, the Lions Gate.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7163/6445332335_ba7287c177_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7008/6445336333_4e07c5c96b_b.jpg

and looking through the towers to downtown.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6445335137_4487b50931_b.jpg

All pics are my own: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30634635@N03/

Cheers!

Dwils01
Dec 3, 2011, 9:45 PM
I love Vancouver metro bridges.
I would really like to see more of the Port Mann Bridge.

entheosfog
Dec 12, 2011, 8:44 AM
The two Port Mann bridges, seen from New Westminster:
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/9628/dscn2511r.jpg

Symz
Dec 12, 2011, 1:58 PM
awesome pics Metro-One, the first pic looks like you were hovering in mid air next to the bridge.

Metro-One
Dec 12, 2011, 5:37 PM
:previous:Thanks! Nah, I am just really really tall ;)

red-paladin
Dec 12, 2011, 5:43 PM
http://archives.earthcam.com/archives5/ecnetwork/ca/bc/surreyjh/2011/12/12/0800.jpg
From http://www.earthcam.com/clients/britishcolumbia/portmann/?cam=johnston_hill

Sorry for the excessive size, but that's the size the file is!

mike474
Dec 12, 2011, 8:54 PM
When did they start building that thing? Seems like construction is really humming along. I'll have to check it out when I'm in Vancouver later this month. I used to live in the valley :yuck: and spent a lot of time stuck in traffic on that bridge trying to escape the boredom :haha:

Metro-One
Dec 13, 2011, 7:54 AM
:previous:She is a monster of a bridge. Can't wait to drive it myself when it is done.

Anyways, was another beautiful day in Vancouver, so it was the perfect opportunity to ride my new bike and snap some more bridge pictures:

First, the very beautiful Burrard Street Bridge:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7164/6503454349_79fe0ac2ff_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7159/6503456961_d909d584df_b.jpg

(Was not sure which of the two above i like better, so i just posted both :D)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6503448307_d8ff3c33c2_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7002/6503436575_9e0ae09d43_b.jpg

Up next are just a couple closeups i got of the Granville Street Bridge:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6503426031_08e511e570_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6503428399_2dffe97380_b.jpg

And last but not least, a few of the Cambie Street Bridge:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6503479493_69a7a49b14_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6503484235_7cf1fc9970_b.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7143/6503491865_b76e43e565_b.jpg

All pics are my own and all of them were taken today:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30634635@N03/

Cheers

vanman
Dec 13, 2011, 8:05 PM
^ Great pics man! Biked the seawall so many times this year, but now it's just too damn cold until I at least get some proper gear.

bulliver
Dec 14, 2011, 12:45 AM
^ Yeah, looks pretty cold there :rolleyes:

Metro-One
Dec 14, 2011, 2:01 AM
Was about 6 in the shade when i took these pics, felt pretty decent in the sun though :) So it didn't bother me at all.

vanman
Dec 14, 2011, 2:43 AM
Last time I went for a ride it was in the evening and I nearly got frostbite on my hands, I don't know what I was thinking. To go for a walk though would've been fine.

Metro-One
Dec 14, 2011, 2:59 AM
:previous:Well there is your problem! I always wear gloves ridding me bike.

bulliver
Dec 14, 2011, 3:03 AM
LOL, high of -2 in Etown today, and we're all talking about how warm it is. Everything is relative.

sonysnob
Dec 14, 2011, 1:59 PM
Cool Van pics. I'll counter with some of my own from Montréal:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/PQ/A/15/A15_pont_Champlain_Skyline_forum.jpg

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/PQ/A/15/A15_pont_Champlain_Dusk_Grainy_forum.jpg

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/PQ/R/112/R112_pont_Victoria_Champlain_forum.jpg

Pont Champlain carries Autoroute 15, along with Autoroute 10 and 20 acreoss the Saint Lawrence River between the South Shore and Quebec. For those who like the highways, I have recently posted a photo log of Quebec's Autoroute 15 from the South Shore to Montreal, available here:

http://www.asphaltplanet.ca/PQ/A/15/index.html

vanman
Dec 14, 2011, 5:10 PM
LOL, high of -2 in Etown today, and we're all talking about how warm it is. Everything is relative.

Haha, very true. Although a dry -2 prbly feels better than a moist +3 next to the ocean.

Metro-One
Dec 14, 2011, 7:07 PM
Those are some nice Montreal Bridge pics.

I love the extra texture having large bridges bring to a city. Vancouver and Montreal are lucky this way.

ckkelley
Dec 15, 2011, 4:49 AM
Those are some nice Montreal Bridge pics.

I love the extra texture having large bridges bring to a city. Vancouver and Montreal are lucky this way.

It's so true. I love walking over Vancouver bridges. Hell, I walk over the Lion's Gate Bridge all the time and that's a real treat! The speeding cyclists notwithstanding lol.

whiteford
Dec 15, 2011, 5:06 AM
yup, she is sure a monster of a bridge. wow! i would love to drive over it myself.

Symz
Dec 15, 2011, 12:54 PM
Guys, I'm getting bridge envy. Here in Windsor the province can't seem to get this DRIC bridge built to provide a second, better flowing bridge crossing into the states due to 1 man, his monopoly and a cast of greedy politicians in Michigan who are too eager to take campaign contributions instead of doing the right thing and building a better, more efficient crossing.

That bridge out in BC really is a beast! Are they keeping the old bridge next to it once the new one enters service?

LeftCoaster
Dec 15, 2011, 2:12 PM
No it will be demolished. The maintenance costs were deemed to high. The original plan called for another 5 lane bridge to be built, but the plan was changed to the now being built 10 lane bridge due to future maintenance considerations.

Symz
Dec 15, 2011, 3:22 PM
I see, thx.

The_Architect
Dec 15, 2011, 8:48 PM
Fun Fact: The Ambassador Bridge at one point had the largest span for a suspension bridge.

SFUVancouver
Dec 15, 2011, 10:06 PM
Another fun fact: The Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver was the widest bridge in the world upon completion in 1954.

The Alex Fraser Bridge was the longest and (I've been told) widest cable stay-bridge in the world upon its completion in 1986.

The new Port Mann Bridge will be the widest cable-stay bridge in the world upon completion in 2012.

What's up with Metro Vancouver and fat bridges?

Metro-One
Dec 15, 2011, 11:09 PM
It's so true. I love walking over Vancouver bridges. Hell, I walk over the Lion's Gate Bridge all the time and that's a real treat! The speeding cyclists notwithstanding lol.

:previous: You should make your way to the Golden Ears Bridge one day as well, love biking over it.

Next on my target is to bike over the Alex Fraser. My personal favourite in Canada.