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Lillooet Old Bridge

Lillooet Old Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Gordon Anderson

Bridge Documented: January 20, 2010

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Old Bridge Road Over Fraser River
Lillooet: Squamish-Lillooet District, British Columbia: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1913 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown and Engineer/Design: Waddell and Harrington of Kansas City, Missouri
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
345.0 Feet (105.2 Meters)
Structure Length
528.0 Feet (160.9 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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HistoricBridges.org Extended Canadian Coverage

Canada has a wealth of beautiful bridges with heritage value, however due to the lack of a national bridge inventory in the country, as well as limited coverage from other bridge-related websites, these treasures are largely unknown to the world. Unfortunately, much of the large country of Canada is beyond the HistoricBridges.org team's current area of coverage as dictated by limitations in time and funding. As such, this bridge has not yet been photo-documented/inspected by any members of the HistoricBridges.org team.  Because of all these facts, in particular the importance of raising awareness of heritage bridges in Canada, HistoricBridges.org has chosen to include a number of Canadian bridges with photos acquired from helpful website contributors, and/or by creating a Public Photograph Compilation. Photos available for Canadian bridges offered through these methods may offer an incomplete photo-documentation, lacking sufficient overview and/or detail photos, however it is hoped that the photos and narratives offered will still be of benefit.

About This Bridge

Located in a deep and a dramatic valley, this beautiful suspension bridge is a good representative example of a smaller-scale suspension bridge from the early 20th Century. The two tower suspension bridge features a main central span that is supported by the main cable by suspenders and has a wooden pony truss for stiffening. The arm spans between the towers and the anchorages are not supported by any suspenders from the main cable and are instead supported by other means. The towers of the bridge are composed of traditional built-up riveted beams that include attractive v-lacing. Having been bypassed by a modern bridge, the heritage bridge was preserved in place and rehabilitated for non-motorized use. The bridge is the ending attraction of a local heritage tour called Lillooet's Golden Mile of History.

The bridge is located in a very scenic setting, courtesy of the dramatic mountain landscape that British Columbia is noted for. In addition to the suspension bridge, there is an impressive railroad deck truss visible north of this bridge. A couple photos are included in this bridge's photo gallery. The railroad bridge is at the base of the longest 2% railroad grade in North America.


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