Grand Trunk Bridge (Saskatoon)

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Grand Trunk Bridge
CN Rail Bridge.jpg
Grand Trunk Bridge over the South Saskatchewan River
Coordinates 52°05′50″N 106°41′46″W / 52.09722°N 106.69611°W / 52.09722; -106.69611Coordinates: 52°05′50″N 106°41′46″W / 52.09722°N 106.69611°W / 52.09722; -106.69611
Carries Canadian National Railway tracks
Crosses South Saskatchewan River
Locale Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Official name Grand Trunk Bridge
Other name(s) CN Railway Bridge
Maintained by City of Saskatoon
Design Truss bridge
Material Steel, concrete
Construction end 1908
Opened March 1908

The Grand Trunk Bridge is a Canadian steel trestle railway bridge that spans the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was built in 1908 as part of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway project.[1][2] The GTP was merged into the Canadian National Railway (CN) in 1920; as such, the structure is also referred to informally as the CN Railway Bridge.

1916 coloured postcard of the Grand Trunk Bridge

The bridge is the southernmost of the city's two rail bridges and is situated between the Queen Elizabeth Power Station on the upstream (west) side and Diefenbaker Park on the downstream (east) side.

CN placed a chain link fence on both sides of the bridge as a result of people trespassing on the walkways. Based upon anecdotal evidence – that is, visual inspection of city maps – it appears to have the longest span of any Saskatoon bridge. The 2012 southwest extension of the city's Circle Drive freeway included the Gordie Howe Bridge, built parallel to the Grand Trunk Bridge.

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  1. ^ O'Brien, Jeff; Ruth W. Millar; William P. Delainey (2006). Roberta Coulter, ed. Saskatoon: A History in Photographs. Coteau Books. p. 12. ISBN 1-55050-336-7. 
  2. ^ "City of Bridges" (PDF). City of Saskatoon. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2010-03-25.