Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing

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Ironworkers Memorial Bridge
the bridge in June 2005
Carries 6 lanes of British Columbia Highway 1, pedestrians and bicycles
Crosses Burrard Inlet
Locale Vancouver
District of North Vancouver
Maintained by British Columbia Ministry of Transportation
Designer Swan, Wooster and Partners
Design Truss bridge
cantilever bridge
Total length 1,292 metres (4,239 ft)[1]
Longest span 335 metres (1,099 ft)[1]
Beginning date of construction 1957
Opened August 25, 1960
Coordinates 49°17′43″N 123°01′35″W / 49.295296°N 123.026276°W / 49.295296; -123.026276Coordinates: 49°17′43″N 123°01′35″W / 49.295296°N 123.026276°W / 49.295296; -123.026276

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.[2] 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.[3]

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