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Victoria Bridge (Montreal)

Bridge over the St. Lawrence River in Montreal, Quebec / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Victoria Bridge (French: Pont Victoria), previously known as Victoria Jubilee Bridge, is a bridge over the St. Lawrence River, linking Montreal, Quebec, to the south shore city of Saint-Lambert.

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Victoria Bridge

Pont Victoria
Victoria Bridge as viewed from upstream, from Montreal Technoparc
Coordinates45.49165°N 73.52912°W / 45.49165; -73.52912
CrossesSt. Lawrence River
and Saint Lawrence Seaway
LocaleSaint-Lambert, Quebec and Montreal, Quebec (Neighbourhood of Victoriatown)
Piers in water24
No. of lanes2, one each on either side of the rail bridge
Rail characteristics
No. of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Structure gaugeAAR
OpenedAugust 25, 1860 (1860-08-25)

Opened in 1859, originally as a tubular bridge designed by Robert Stephenson, the bridge was the first to span the St. Lawrence River, and as such is an important historic bridge in Canada. It remains in use to this day, carrying both road and rail traffic, with rails in the middle and roadways (part of Route 112) on both sides. It is actively used by the Canadian National Railway on its Halifax to Montreal main line. It is a major contributor to Montreal's role as a continental hub in the North American rail system. Its designation for the Canadian National Railway (CNR commonly known as CN) is Mile 71.40 Subdivision St-Hyacinthe.

Originally named the Great Victoria Bridge in honour of Queen Victoria, it was officially rededicated as the Victoria Jubilee Bridge following renovations in 1897. It was returned to the name Victoria Bridge (Pont Victoria) in 1978.[1]

The bridge is approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) long, and includes 24 ice-breaking piers.