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Granville Bridge

Granville Bridge (Known places)

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The Granville Street Bridge is an eight lane bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. It spans False Creek and is 27.4 metres above Granville Island. It is part of Highway 99.

History

The original bridge was completed in 1889 (131 years ago). It was a 732-metre long low timber trestle. The navigation span, near the north end, was a trussed timber swing span, tied with wire ropes to a central wooden tower. It was largely designed by the CPR, and cost $16,000. In 1891 (129 years ago) the bridge was widened on both sides for streetcar tracks, except where the tracks converged for the swing span.

The second bridge was completed in 1909 (111 years ago). It was a longer, medium-level steel bridge with a through truss swing span.

On Feb. 4, 1954 (66 years ago), the current Granville Street Bridge, costing $16.5 million, opened. A million cars would cross over the bridge in its first month. The city of Vancouver funded the bridge itself as Mayor Frederick Hume said "no formal assistance given by any other government body." It was once the widest bridge in North America — by 1 centimetre.[dubious – discuss]

The eight-lane structure was constructed on the same alignment as the first bridge while steel plate girders salvaged from the second bridge made barges for constructing the foundations of the Oak Street Bridge.

The first “civilian” to drive over the 1954 (66 years ago) bridge was the same woman who was first to drive over the second bridge in 1909 (111 years ago). She had been widowed between the two openings, and so had a different name. Both times she was at the wheel of a brand-new Cadillac.


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