The Québec Bridge

Point of interest

Designated as a national historic site by the minister of Canadian Heritage and an international historic monument of civil engineering by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Québec Bridge has a suspended span of 549 metres in length between the two main pillars. It is considered the longest cantilever bridge in the world. During construction, its central span collapsed twice (1907 and 1916). After years of construction, the bridge was finally opened to railway traffic in 1917. It was not until 1929 that motorists began to use it. The bridge is now illuminated at night. Right beside it stands the Pierre-Laporte Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Canada, which took four years to build and opened in 1970. Its flooring is attached to two cables measuring 60 cm (23.6 in) in diameter. They are made up of more than 12,500 steel wires which, placed end to end, would circle three-quarters of the globe.

Québec, QC,
Pont de Québec
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