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The History Of Alex Fraser Bridge

The History Of Alex Fraser Bridge

The Alex Fraser Bridge is an incredibly vital part of Vancouver’s infrastructure for commuter traffic; connecting Richmond and New Westminster with North Delta.

Owned by the Ministry of Transportation and maintained by Mainroad Contracting—the bridge carries Highway 91 across the Fraser River.

The Alex Fraser Bridge is 3,051 feet long and it cost $58 million to build, in total.

Construction began in 1984 and when it was completed on September 22, 1986; it was the longest cable-stayed span in the world. It held on to that title for nearly 20 years—until the opening of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in 2005. It is now the second longest cable-stayed span in North America, and 32nd longest in the world.

The History Of Alex Fraser Bridgephoto: ce.udel

 Euan Forresterphoto: Euan Forrester

When the bridge first opened in 1986, only four of the six lanes were open. Pedestrians and cyclists had to share two narrow sidewalks on each side. In 1987, due to high traffic demand, all six lanes were opened. The design of the bridge was a joint effort between Buckland & Taylor and Klohn Crippen Berger.

The History Of Alex Fraser Bridgephoto: ehavir

The bridge was named after Alex Fraser, a former British Columbia Minister of Transportation, who died of throat cancer in 1989. Fraser began his career as a politician, working his way up to being the mayor of Quesnel—a job he held for 20 years. He served as the province’s Minister of Transportation for 11 years between 1975 and 1986.

Today, the Alex Fraser Bridge is an essential part of the lower mainland it connects multiple areas within the Lower Mainland and it is a major Vancouver landmark.

 

Written by: Meagan Gill

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