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Pont de la Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls Bridge) (Towers Only)

Pont de la Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls Bridge) (Towers Only)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 11, 2019

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Rivière Montmorency
Québec City and Boischatel: Capitale-Nationale, Québec: Canada
Structure Type
Metal Wire Cable Suspension, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1856 By Builder/Contractor: Unknown
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
75.0 Feet (22.9 Meters)
Structure Length
300.0 Feet (91.4 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
4 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

Only the stone towers of this long-lost suspension bridge remain, with a modern suspension bridge spanning today. This webpage and listing is for the original stone towers only. The actual suspension bridge seen here today with its galvanized steel towers is modern and has no heritage value whatsoever. The stone towers once held a suspension bridge that dated to 1856. The current bridge dates to 1993.

Matthieu Lachance provided the following excellent history:

This bridge was built in 1856. It was plagued by design mistake (towers too low for the span) and poorly built (the cable's masonry anchorage in the ground were put in place with cement during winter and never cured correctly). The following spring, after very light use for a few months after it was put in service, the bridge dramatically collapsed in the falls after starting to fail for a few days, killing 3 people and a horse-driven carriage. An inquiry followed and found damning evidences of gross negligence by both the constructor and engineer. It was never rebuilt and all bridges since then have been rebuilt where the pre-1856 one was, a few hundred feet north of the Falls. The original 1856 suspension bridge design was based on Niagara Falls Suspension bridge... but it was a poor copy. No illustrations survive of that bridge due to its short life span. The decision to build a bridge there in 1856 was fueled by a desire of modernity and to create an extremely scenic view. Local population was wary of that bridge design and most people simply didn't cross it. It angered the bridge commissioners how they simply closed down the previous bridge at this location to force people to use the suspension bridge. The stone towers were kept as a memorial to the tragedy. I recall before 1993 that it was a impressive sight to see these massive pillars leading to an abyss because the street/pathway was still there...going nowhere.

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