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New Pitt River Bridge has cable-stayed design

Work has begun on the new Pitt River Bridge, the first contract awarded in B.C.'s Gateway Program. The Gateway Prog...


Work has begun on the new Pitt River Bridge, the first contract awarded in B.C.’s Gateway Program. The Gateway Program is a massive road building initiative of the provincial government to improve traffic networks in the Lower Mainland of B.C. <br>
A design-build team of Peter Kiewit Sons, Associated Engineering and ND Lea won the $200-million contract for the Pitt Street Bridge component. The bridge replaces two existing swing bridges operating since 1985 and is part of the North Fraser perimeter road improvements, linking Coquitlam and Maple Ridge. <br>
Associated Engineering developed a cable-stayed design for the crossing with International Bridge Technologies of California.<br>
Don Kennedy, P.Eng. is the project manager at Associated Engineering on the project. He says that the cable-stayed design was chosen because it reduces interference with marine traffic and requires few piers in the river.<br>
The project also involves the design and construction of a new interchange at Lougheed Highway and Mary Hill Bypass.<br>