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A bridge by half

March 16, 2013
Pattullo Bridge half built  - Fraser River   The Pattullo Bridge steel superstructure was built by halves.
In this view from Albert Crescent, the south half of the 450-foot arch is poised mid-Fraser River, reaching out to its yet to be constructed other half.

The photo of the “international highway bridge,” named after Premier Pattullo,  appeared in the British Columbia Illustrated, 1937. In the background the Trans-Canada Highway winds up Peterson Hill. 

In the foreground is Columbia Street where the access road to the existing  bridge veers off. (The rewards of urban exploration are such that if, there being no traffic, one were to dash across Columbia Street at this point, one would discover—poised mid-leap over a concrete divider—a sheer drop of several metres to the rapidly descending access lane that is still there.)

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