The bridge was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world when it opened on September 22, 1986 and was the longest in North America until the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge opened in 2005. As of 2009 it is the 32nd longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and second longest in North America. It is 2,525m long with a main span of 465m. The towers are 154m tall. It consists of six lanes, three in each direction and has a maximum speed limit of 90 km per hour. Upon opening in 1986, only four of the six available lanes were open - with the remaining two lanes reserved for cyclists & pedestrians. All six lanes opened in 1987 after traffic demand justified the need.
The bridge's southern end is in North Delta and its northern end is on Delta's Annacis Island. Connections on its southern end lead to Blaine Washington and White Rock. The connections on the northern end lead into the cities of New Westminster, Richmond, Burnaby and on into Vancouver itself. It is a major artery in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The bridge was constructed for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and was designed by a joint venture of Klohn Crippen Berger and Buckland & Taylor. Total cost was $58 million.