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