BRIDGES

Point El­lice,

Kayak (Canada) - - FEATURE STORY -

Peo­ple in near Vic­to­ria, B.C., were cel­e­brat­ing Queen Vic­to­ria’s birth­day on May 26, 1896, when a crowd of peo­ple over­loaded a street­car, which pulled the bridge down as it fell off. Fifty-five peo­ple died. The Que­bec Bridge across the St. Lawrence River near Que­bec City took 30 years to fin­ish. It col­lapsed twice dur­ing con­struc­tion. By late Au­gust, 1907, it was clear that not all parts of the rail and high­way bridge lined up safely. The mes­sage to stop work­ing on the bridge never reached con­struc­tion crews and at least 75 of the 86 men work­ing on the bridge died on Aug. 29 when it twisted and fell apart. About one-third of them were Mo­hawk steel­work­ers from the First Na­tions com­mu­nity of Caugh­nawaga. Work started again in 1913 on what was sup­posed to be a bet­ter de­sign, and in three years, the bridge was nearly done. Just af­ter the giant cen­tre sec­tion had been lifted into place on Sept. 11, 1916, it broke away, tak­ing 13 work­ers with it into the river. While the Sec­ond Nar­rows Bridge was be­ing built in Van­cou­ver, it col­lapsed into Bur­rard In­let on June 17, 1958, killing 19 men. The cause was a com­bi­na­tion of poor-qual­ity steel, de­sign prob­lems and en­gi­neer­ing mis­takes. In 1994, the bridge was re­named in hon­our of the men who died: the Iron­work­ers Memo­rial Sec­ond Nar­rows Cross­ing.

The Que­bec Bridge col­lapsed twice while it was be­ing built, in 1907 and 1916

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