Canadian Geographic


- By Susan Nerberg

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

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