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Alexandra Bridge

Alexandra Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): C. Hanchey

Bridge Documented: August 19, 2010

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
TC-1 Over Fraser River
Location
Rural: Thompson-Nicola District, British Columbia: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1964 By Builder/Contractor: General Construction Company and Engineer/Design: A. B. Sanderson and Company

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
Not Available
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
1 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This bridge is a late example of a steel deck arch bridge, however because steel deck arch bridges are fairly rare and this example has excellent historic integrity, it deserves at least some recognition of heritage value. The bridge has attractive railings that follow a standard design used in a number of provinces. However the ends of the bridge have additional decorative treatment in the form of little statues of fish. The design of this bridge is strikingly similar to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge north of Niagara Falls.

Although the bridge plaque reads 1962, Wim Jellema, P.Eng., C.Eng. and Manager of Bridges & Structural Engineering for the South Coast Region commented that while the first part of the bridge construction was completed in 1962, the project was not complete until 1964. The project was ambitions and required railway realignment and staged construction. The substructure was executed as a separate contract from the superstructure.

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