Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing
|Ironworkers Memorial Bridge|
|the bridge in June 2005|
|Carries||6 lanes of British Columbia Highway 1, pedestrians and bicycles|
District of North Vancouver
|Maintained by||British Columbia Ministry of Transportation|
|Designer||Swan, Wooster and Partners|
|Total length||1,292 metres (4,239 ft)|
|Longest span||335 metres (1,099 ft)|
|Beginning date of construction||1957|
|Opened||August 25, 1960|
The Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing (also known as the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge and Second Narrows Bridge) is the second bridge that crosses over the Burrard Inlet. It goes from Vancouver to north shore of Burrard Inlet (includes District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver).
It began construction in 1957. On June 17, 1958, when one of the cranes was stretching from the north side of the bridge to join the two chords of the unfinished arch, several of the spans collapsed. This caused 79 workers to fall 30 metres (100 ft) into the water. 18 of them were killed either instantly or shortly after, possibly drowned by their heavy tool belts. When a diver went down down to search for the bodies, he drowned and that brought the total of deaths for the collapse to 19. The bridge opened on August 25, 1960 and was renamed the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing in 1994 to honour the workers that had died in the collapse.
References[change | change source]
- Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing in the Structurae database
- "Bridge disaster recalled". North Shore News. http://web.archive.org/web/20051215112137/http://www.nsnews.com/issues00/w062600/06210001.html. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
- "50th anniversary of Second Narrows Bridge collapse". WorkSafe BC. http://www.worksafebc.com/news_room/news_releases/2008/new_08_06_17.asp. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
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