Vimy Memorial Bridge

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The Vimy Memorial Bridge is located in the Barrhaven area connecting Strandherd Drive with Earl Armstrong Road crossing the Rideau River.  Formerly known as the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge, the structure was renamed in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the World War 1.

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Work began in 2010, but was marred by delays when the original contractor went into receivership after having completed 60% of the project.  Horseshoe Hill Construction completed the remainder of the bridge, which was officially opened on July 12, 2014 at a total cost of approximately $50 million.

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This steel reinforced concrete composite bridge was designed by Parsons, a leading technical, engineering, construction, and management support firm and since its completion has won international recognition including being awarded the prestigious Gustav Lindenthal Medal in 2015.  Having a main span of 125.000m, a total length of 143.000m, a total width of 50m and an arch rise of 25.3m at its highest point, this “truss arch bridge” is an imposing structure for the community that surrounds it.

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I only recently viewed this bridge in person and the photos really don’t do it justice, it is much larger in person than it appears in photos.

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Location Address: Strandherd Drive and Earl Armstrong Road, Ottawa, ON

Do you know of any bridges in other cities with a similar design?  Please leave a comment.

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