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Steel Shots: World’s Longest Cantilever Bridge
Posted by Tasha Weiss on December 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM.

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The Quebec Bridge, or Pont de Quebec in French, was built in 1917 and connects Quebec City and Levis. It crosses the Saint-Laurent River. It’s the longest cantilever bridge in the world. In Quebec, this bridge represents much more than a way to cross water. It’s a symbol of what we were able to do with steel. (Photo and description by Alexandre Drouin)

 

This photo of the Quebec Bridge, or Pont de Quebec in French, was taken by Alexandre Drouin, a student at the Universite Laval in Quebec City, and received an Honorable Mention in AISC’s 2012 SteelDay Student Photo Contest.

 

Built in 1917, the Quebec Bridge is a 3,239-ft-long riveted steel truss structure and is the longest cantilever bridge in the world (and the second-longest span in the world behind the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario).

 

The bridge accommodates three highway lanes, one rail line and a pedestrian walkway; at one time it also carried a streetcar line. It has been owned by the Canadian National Railway since 1993 and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995. More information and photos of the bridge can be found at Wikipedia.

 

You can view all of the winning photo entries from this year’s Student Photo Contest at www.aisc.org/StudentPhotoContest. We’re featuring them as Steel Shots on the MSC website through the rest of the year.

 

We’ll see you back here next Friday with the last Steel Shot of the year. Happy Holidays!


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