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Pont des Chaplets (Rosary Bridge)

Pont des Chaplets (Rosary Bridge)

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: July 10, 2019

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over Park Lagoon
Location
Trois-Rivières (Cap-de-la-Madeleine): Mauricie, Québec: Canada
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1924 By Builder/Contractor: U. W. Rousseau of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec

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 is the largest and most unique of three old bridges on the grounds of Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap. The bridge commemorates the miracle of the formation of the natural ice bridge that formed over the St. Lawrence River in 1879. The ice bridge was used to haul stone used to build a church at this site. The large church that is the centerpiece today dates to 1964 and is not the one that the stones were used in. Historical photos of this bridge show the previous church, which was demolished. The bridge is historically significant as a regionally uncommon example of a concrete arch bridge. It is further significant for its unique ornamentation including large rosaries, and statues. The bridge features two arch ribs along the edge of the deck, but the center of the deck is supported by a concrete t-beam. In a sense, the bridge is a hybrid of a concrete arch and concrete t-beam bridge.

Above: Historical 1924 photo showing newly constructed bridge.

Above: Historical 1924 photo showing newly constructed bridge.

Above: Historical 1924 photo showing newly constructed bridge.

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