The Jacques Cartier Bridge is a five-lane highway bridge. It crosses the Saint Lawrence River and it connects Montréal Island/Montréal, Québec to Ile-Sainte-Helene and Longueuil, Québec.
The Jacques Cartier Bridge is an enormous and important bridge located in the south-east of Montréal, Québec, Canada. It is a 3,400 m (11,236 ft) steel truss cantilever bridge and it has been declared a historical civil engineering site. It connects the Island of Montréal to Ile-Sainte-Helene and Longueuil, Québec, crossing over the Saint Lawrence River. Offramps from the bridge allow access to Parc Jean-Drapeau and La Ronde amusement park.
Althought it did not begin construction until 1926, the idea of putting a bridge in this location had long been discussed since 1874. It was built over the course of four years, from 1926 until it was opened to traffic in 1930. It began as a three-lane bridge with a pedestrian walkway in 1930 and by 1959 and evolved into four lanes in 1956, and then into five lanes in 1959. The bridge was redecked from 2000-2002, and a 2.5-metre-wide bicycle path was built.
A toll system was installed in 1959 but that was quickly removed three years later in 1962.
During its construction, it was known as South Shore Bridge (pont de la Rive-Sud). At its official opening on May 24, 1930, it was given the name Harbour Bridge (pont du Havre). On Sept. 1, 1934, the bridge was renamed Jacques Cartier Bridge in tribute to the man who first discovered Canada in 1534.
Today, this five-lane highway bridge supports 35.4 million vehicle crossings annually which makes it the second busiest bridge in Canada, second to the Champlain Bridge which is located just a few kilometres upstream.
I love to ride my bike over the bridge to get to Ile-Sainte-Helene and Jean Drapeau Park. There is an amazing viewpoint along the bridge’s bicycle path, somewhere between the Island of Montréal and Ile-Sainte-Helene, which is an excellent spot to stop and take some photos.
Jacques Cartier Bridge history: http://www.pjcci.ca/English/jacques-cartier/historique.HTM