Montreal’s new Champlain Bridge is a cable-stayed marvel
After 42 months, more than 9,000 concrete deck slabs and $2.15 billion, Montreal’s cable-stayed Samuel de Champlain Bridge is finally set to see traffic whiz across its 3.4-kilometre span. Connecting Canada’s secondlargest city to the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, it’s one of the biggest infrastructure projects in North America and incorporates some of the largest span segments ever installed on a cable-stayed bridge. Thanks to a carefully choreographed assembly of mostly prefabricated components, the bridge went up like Lego blocks, and will last 125 years (demolition on the old crossing, which was built in 1962, will begin in 2020). Here’s what went into the megaproject.
After nearly four years, construction on Montreal’s new Samuel de Champlain Bridge is complete