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The Quebec Bridge, Canada

July 19th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

The Quebec Bridge in Canada crosses the lower Saint Lawrence River to the west of Quebec City, and Levis, Quebec.

The Quebec Bridge is a riveted steel truss structure and is 987 meters (3,239 feet) long, 29 m (94 feet) wide, and 104 m (340 feet) high. Cantilever arms 177 m (580 feet) long support a 195 m (640 feet) central structure, for a total span of 549 m (1800 feet), the longest cantilever bridge span in the world. It is the easternmost complete crossing of the Saint Lawrence.

The bridge accommodates three highway lanes, one rail line, and a pedestrian walkway; at one time it also carried a streetcar line. It is owned by the Canadian National Railway.

Before the Quebec Bridge was built, the only way to travel from the south shore of the St. Lawrence in Levis to the north shore at Quebec City was to take a ferry. As far back as 1852 a project for a bridge over the St. Lawrence River at Quebec was considered, and again, in 1867, 1882, and 1884.

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