Broadway Bridge (Saskatoon)

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Broadway Bridge
Saskatoon Skyline Night.jpg
Broadway Bridge over the South Saskatchewan River
Official name Broadway Bridge
Carries 4 lanes of Broadway Avenue/4th Avenue South
Crosses South Saskatchewan River
Locale Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Maintained by City of Saskatoon
Design Open spandrel deck arch
Material Reinforced concrete
Total length 355.2 metres (1,165 ft)
Width 13.7 metres (45 ft)
Piers in water 4
Opened November 11, 1932
Coordinates 52°7′19.77″N 106°39′35.36″W / 52.1221583°N 106.6598222°W / 52.1221583; -106.6598222Coordinates: 52°7′19.77″N 106°39′35.36″W / 52.1221583°N 106.6598222°W / 52.1221583; -106.6598222

Broadway Bridge is an arch bridge that spans the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

History[edit]

Broadway Bridge under construction, 1931-1932

The bridge was constructed as a "make-work" project during the Great Depression. It was built in 1932 by the contractor R.J. Arrand Construction Co.[1] It was designed by Chalmers Jack (C. J.) MacKenzie (on leave from his post as Dean of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan). For this reason, the bridge was originally called The Dean's Bridge in its early period; it was formally named the Broadway Bridge as it connects Broadway Avenue on the east shore with 19th Street and 4th Avenue in Saskatoon's downtown core. The city once considered changing the name to George V Bridge in honour of the King.[2]

The year-long closure of the nearby Traffic Bridge in late 2005 greatly increased the amount of daily traffic crossing the bridge.

In popular culture[edit]

The image of the Bessborough Hotel framed within one of the arches of the Broadway Bridge is considered one of Saskatoon's iconic images.

The Broadway Bridge is mentioned in Joni Mitchell's song "Cherokee Louise" on the album Night Ride Home. Joni spent part of her childhood and teenage years in Saskatoon. The Bessborough Hotel, iconically associated with the Broadway Bridge, can be seen in a self-portrait by Mitchell on the cover of her Clouds album.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Herrington, Ross (2007-03-31). "Saskatchewan Road and Railway Bridges to 1950: Inventory" (PDF). Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  2. ^ "A View From Above - Key to Landmarks". Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 

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