Île d'Orléans Bridge

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Orleans Island Bridge

Pont de l'Île d'Orléans
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Coordinates46°52′49″N 71°08′16″W / 46.880233°N 71.137883°W / 46.880233; -71.137883Coordinates: 46°52′49″N 71°08′16″W / 46.880233°N 71.137883°W / 46.880233; -71.137883
CarriesQuebec Route 368
CrossesSt. Lawrence River
LocaleQuebec City and Île d'Orléans
DesignSuspension bridge/Truss bridge
Total length2.7 km (1.7 mi)
Width9.6 m (31 ft)
Height65.88 m (216.1 ft) to top of towers
Longest span323 m (1,060 ft)[1]
No. of lanes2
DesignerPhilip Louis Pratley

The Île d'Orléans Bridge, known locally as the Pont de l'Île, is a suspension bridge that spans the Saint Lawrence River between the Beauport borough of Quebec City and Île d'Orléans (Orléans Island) in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is part of Quebec Route 368 and connects to Autoroute 40 on the north side.

The island was originally accessible only by ferry or by ice bridge during the winter. An electoral promise made by Premier Louis-Alexandre Taschereau to Montmorency County for a job-creation project during the Great Depression led to the construction of this bridge in 1934. It was completed in 1935 and initially named Taschereau Bridge.[2]

The bridge, which uses under-deck trusses on the approaches to the main suspension-type span, is the farthest downstream of the Saint Lawrence River's fixed crossings, but it does not cross the entire river.

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  1. ^ "Orleans Island Bridge (1935)". Structurae.com. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "Discover the Island". Courtepointe et Cafe Association of B&Bs on Orleans Island. Retrieved 2009-10-29.

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