North Arm Bridge
|North Arm Bridge|
The North Arm Bridge shot from a SkyTrain that has just left the bridge, in Richmond heading to Bridgeport Station.
|Carries||Two tracks of the Canada Line and a pedestrian and bike pathway attached beneath the tracks|
|Crosses||North Arm of the Fraser River|
|Total length||562 m (1844 ft)|
|Height||47 m (154 ft)|
|Longest span||180 m (591 ft)|
|Clearance below||25 m (83 ft)|
|Opened||August 14, 2009 (pedestrian-bike walkway)
August 17, 2009 (Canada Line tracks)
The North Arm Bridge is an extradosed bridge in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It spans the north arm of the Fraser River, linking Vancouver to Richmond. It is used by trains on the Canada Line, which opened in August 2009. The bridge is billed as North America's first extradosed bridge.
The bridge also has a dedicated pedestrian and bicycle pathway underneath one of its wings.
The North Arm Bridge does not carry automotive vehicles, as the neighbouring Oak Street Bridge does. The bridge has two tracks enabling SkyTrains to pass each other either way traversing the bridge between Bridgeport Station in Richmond and Marine Drive Station in south Vancouver. The main span is 180 metres (591 ft) and has a total length of 562 m (1844 ft). The bridge deck elevation can go up to 25 metres (83 ft) while the maximum tower elevation is 47 metres (154 ft).
The bridge incurred one fatality during its construction. Andrew Slobodian died instantly in January 2008 when the crane he was operating tipped over and he was crushed. A small plaque is installed in the middle of the bridge - close to where Mr. Slobodian died - recounting this event.
- Pabillano, Jhenifer (August 13, 2009). "The Buzzer blog – Canada Line pedestrian-bicycle bridge opens Friday, Aug. 14". TransLink. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
- North Arm Fraser River bridge marks a first for North America
- Bridge Construction
- Key Features of the North Arm Fraser Bridge
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