List of bridges to the Island of Montreal

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This is a list of bridges in Montreal.

Spanning the Saint Lawrence River and Saint Lawrence Seaway[change | edit source]

The construction of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s required large changes for all bridges that existed at the time. Those are not reflected in the table below.

Span Picture First span built Current span built Communities linked Carries Name origin Coordinates
Saint-Laurent Railway Bridge A bridge with two truss sections in the middle.
1886[1] (M) Borough of LaSalle Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)

Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) Delson-Candiac (commuter train)

Saint Lawrence River 45°25′8″N 73°39′34″W / 45.41889°N 73.65944°W / 45.41889; -73.65944 (Saint-Laurent Railway Bridge)
(O) Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve
Honoré Mercier Bridge A view of a twinned steel truss bridge, from between the spans.
1934, 1963[2][A] (M) Borough of LaSalle Qc138.svg
Route 138
Honoré Mercier (1840–1894), Premier of Quebec 45°25′0″N 73°39′18″W / 45.416667°N 73.655°W / 45.416667; -73.655 (Honoré Mercier Bridge)
(O) Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve
Champlain Bridge Ice Structure A normal box girder bridge, but with closely spaced pillars.
1964[3][B] (M) Borough of Verdun Route Verte 1 and 2 Samuel de Champlain (c. 1580–1635), founder of Quebec City 45°27′57″N 73°31′11″W / 45.46583°N 73.51972°W / 45.46583; -73.51972 (Champlain Bridge Ice Structure)
(O) St. Lawrence Seaway levee
Champlain Bridge A view of the bridge's cantilevered main span.
1962[4][5][C] (M) Borough of Verdun Quebec Autoroute 10.svg Quebec Autoroute 15.svg Quebec Autoroute 20.svg

Autoroutes 10, 15, and 20

45°28′7″N 73°31′15″W / 45.46861°N 73.52083°W / 45.46861; -73.52083 (Champlain Bridge)
(I) Île des Sœurs (exit)
(O) Brossard
Victoria Bridge The numerous truss sections of a long bridge across a large body of water. 1860 1898[6][D] (M) Borough of Le Sud-Ouest Qc112.svg
Route 112

Canadian National Railway (CN)

AMT Mont-Saint-Hilaire commuter train

Via Rail and Amtrak passenger trains

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom (1819–1901) 45°29′29″N 73°31′46″W / 45.49139°N 73.52944°W / 45.49139; -73.52944 (Victoria Bridge)
(O) Saint-Lambert
Pont de la Concorde and Pont des Îles A steel box-girder bridge, with part of the city skyline in the background.
1965[7][E] (M) Borough of Ville-Marie Pierre-Dupuy Avenue and Route Verte 1 and 2 Reference to Montreal's motto, Concordia salus[7] 45°30′22″N 73°32′17″W / 45.50611°N 73.53806°W / 45.50611; -73.53806 (Pont de la Concorde)

45°30′28″N 73°31′49″W / 45.50778°N 73.53028°W / 45.50778; -73.53028 (Saint-Lambert) (Pont des Îles)

(O) Île Sainte-Hélène and Île Notre-Dame (Parc Jean-Drapeau), borough of Ville-Marie, Montreal
Montreal Metro Tunnel The exterior of a subway station entrance.
1966[8] (M) Borough of Ville-Marie (Berri-UQAM station) Line 4 Yellow
45°30′N 73°32′W / 45.5°N 73.533°W / 45.5; -73.533 (Metro tunnel (line 4))
(I) Île Sainte-Hélène (Jean-Drapeau station) and Île Notre-Dame
(O) Longueuil, borough of Vieux-Longueuil (Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke station)
Jacques Cartier Bridge A cantilevered bridge, with a sunset in the background.
1930[2][9][F] (M) Borough of Ville-Marie Qc134.svg
Route 134

Pedestrians and bicycles

Jacques Cartier (1491–1557), French explorer 45°31′17″N 73°32′28″W / 45.52139°N 73.54111°W / 45.52139; -73.54111 (Jacques Cartier Bridge)
(I) Île Sainte-Hélène (exit) and Île Notre-Dame
(O) Longueuil, borough of Vieux-Longueuil
Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel An entrance of the Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine tunnel, with a sign telling drivers that they are about to cross the Saint Lawrence.
1967[5][G] (M) Borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve TCH blank.svg Quebec Autoroute 25.svg
Autoroute 25
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine (1807–1864), Prime Minister of the United Province of Canada 45°35′0″N 73°29′51″W / 45.583333°N 73.4975°W / 45.583333; -73.4975 (Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel)
(I) Île Charron (Îles de Boucherville) (exit)
(O) Longueuil, borough of Vieux-Longueuil

Spanning the Rivière des Prairies[change | edit source]

Span Picture First span built Current span built Communities linked Carries Name origin Coordinates
Pierre Le Gardeur Bridge A box girder bridge, with a steel truss railway bridge in the background.
1939 (widened 1975)[10] (M) Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Qc138.svg
Route 138 and Route Verte 5
Pierre Le Gardeur de Repentigny (1605–1648), French lord[11] 45°42′13″N 73°29′1″W / 45.70361°N 73.48361°W / 45.70361; -73.48361 (Pierre Le Gardeur Bridge)
(I) Île Bourdon
(O) Repentigny
Laurier Railway Bridge[10] Four truss sections of a railway bridge, supported by stone pillars.
1904[10] (M) Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles CN

Via Rail

Wilfrid Laurier (1841–1919), Prime Minister of Canada 45°42′10″N 73°29′8″W / 45.70278°N 73.48556°W / 45.70278; -73.48556 (Laurier Railway Bridge)
(I) Île Bourdon
(O) Charlemagne
Charles de Gaulle Bridge A wide box girder bridge.
1965[12] (M) Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Quebec Autoroute 40.svg
Autoroute 40
Charles de Gaulle (1890–1970), President of France 45°42′7″N 73°30′32″W / 45.70194°N 73.50889°W / 45.70194; -73.50889 (Charles de Gaulle Bridge)
(O) Charlemagne
A25 Bridge Two pillars of a bridge under construction, with tower cranes.
2011 [H] (M) Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Quebec Autoroute 25.svg Autoroute 25 A25, the name of the private consortium that built the bridge and operates the toll system.[13] 45°38′16″N 73°37′14″W / 45.63778°N 73.62056°W / 45.63778; -73.62056 (Highway 25 bridge)
(O) Laval (Saint-François)
Pie IX Bridge A box girder bridge high above the river. 1937[14] 1967[14] (M) Borough of Montreal North Qc125.svg
Route 125
Pope Pius IX (1792–1878) 45°35′57″N 73°38′49″W / 45.59917°N 73.64694°W / 45.59917; -73.64694 (Pie IX Bridge)
(O) Laval (Saint-Vincent-de-Paul)
Centrale de la Rivière des Prairies A small hydroelectric power station.
1930[15][16][I] (M) Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville Hydro-Québec
Rivière des Prairies 45°35′17″N 73°39′21″W / 45.58806°N 73.65583°W / 45.58806; -73.65583 (Centrale de la Rivière des Prairies)
(I) Île de la Visitation and Île du Cheval de Terre
(O) Laval (Duvernay)
Papineau-Leblanc Bridge Papineau-Leblanc Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge.
1969[17] (M) Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville Quebec Autoroute 19.svg
Autoroute 19
Louis-Joseph Papineau (1786–1871), leader of the Patriote movement
Alpha Leblanc (1908–1962), local landowner[17]
45°34′34″N 73°40′1″W / 45.57611°N 73.66694°W / 45.57611; -73.66694 (Papineau-Leblanc Bridge)
(I) Île de la Visitation
(O) Laval (Duvernay)
Ahuntsic Bridge (Viau Bridge) A concrete arch bridge. 1847 1962 (widened 1993)[14] (M) Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville Qc335.svg
Route 335
Ahuntsic, Huron boy who drowned in 1625[18] The origin of the name Viau is uncertain.[19] 45°33′26″N 73°40′32″W / 45.55722°N 73.67556°W / 45.55722; -73.67556 (Ahuntsic Bridge)
(O) Laval (Pont-Viau)
Montreal Metro Tunnel The interior of the Henri-Bourassa Station.
2007[20] (M) Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Henri-Bourassa station) Line 2 Orange
45°33′N 73°40′W / 45.55°N 73.667°W / 45.55; -73.667 (Metro tunnel (line 2))
(O) Laval (Cartier station)
Bordeaux Railway Bridge A typical railway truss bridge.
1876[14] (M) Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville CPR

AMT Blainville-Saint-Jerome commuter train

Quebec Gatineau Railway

Route Verte 1 and 2

Bordeaux, former city 45°32′53″N 73°41′58″W / 45.54806°N 73.69944°W / 45.54806; -73.69944 (Bordeaux Railway Bridge)
(I) Île Perry
(O) Laval (Laval-des-Rapides)
Médéric Martin Bridge A wide box girder structure on massive concrete pillars.
1958 (widened 1991)[21] (M) Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville Quebec Autoroute 15.svg
Autoroute 15
Médéric Martin (1869–1946), Mayor of Montreal 45°32′25″N 73°42′45″W / 45.54028°N 73.7125°W / 45.54028; -73.7125 (Médéric Martin Bridge)
(O) Laval (Laval-des-Rapides)
Lachapelle Bridge (Cartierville Bridge) Two non-identical steel frame bridges side by side. 1848[14] 1930, 1975[14] (M) Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville Qc117.svg
Route 117
Pascal Persillier-Lachapelle, builder of the first bridge[22] 45°31′59″N 73°43′43″W / 45.53306°N 73.72861°W / 45.53306; -73.72861 (Lachapelle Bridge)
(O) Laval (Chomedey)
Louis Bisson Bridge A box girder freeway bridge on thin pillars.
1975[23] (M) Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro Quebec Autoroute 13.svg
Autoroute 13
Louis Bisson (1909–1997), Canadian aviator 45°30′42″N 73°45′54″W / 45.51167°N 73.765°W / 45.51167; -73.765 (Louis Bisson Bridge)
(O) Laval (Chomedey / Sainte-Dorothée)
Île Bigras railway crossing A typical steel truss railway bridge.
1916[24][J] (M) Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro CN

(mainly used by AMT Deux-Montagnes commuter train)

(no official name) 45°30′59″N 73°50′52″W / 45.51639°N 73.84778°W / 45.51639; -73.84778 (Railway bridges)
(I) (Île Bigras)
Île-Bigras (AMT) commuter train station
(O) Laval (Sainte-Dorothée)
Jacques Bizard Bridge An idyllic bridge seen between the trees. 1893 1966[25] (M) Sainte-Geneviève, Montreal, borough of L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève Boulevard Jacques Bizard Jacques Bizard (1642–1692), local seigneur 45°29′15″N 73°52′5″W / 45.4875°N 73.86806°W / 45.4875; -73.86806 (Jacques Bizard Bridge)
(O) Île Bizard (Montreal, borough of L'Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève)

Spanning the Lake of Two Mountains and the Ottawa River East Channel[change | edit source]

All three spans across the Ottawa River East Channel are twinned by another span, built simultaneously, across the West Channel.

Span Picture First span built Current span built Communities linked Carries Name origin Coordinates
Île aux Tourtes Bridge A long box girder bridge seen from several kilometers away.
1966[26][K] (M) Senneville TCH blank.svg Quebec Autoroute 40.svg
Autoroute 40
Île aux Tourtes (literally, Wild Pigeon island)[27] 45°25′13″N 73°59′7″W / 45.42028°N 73.98528°W / 45.42028; -73.98528 (Île aux Tourtes Bridge)
(Across Lake of Two Mountains)
(I) Île Girwood, Île aux Tourtes
(O) Vaudreuil-Dorion
Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge A steel truss bridge with a locomotive on it.
1893[28] (M) Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue CPR

(AMT Vaudreuil-Hudson commuter train)

(no official names) 45°24′12″N 73°57′24″W / 45.40333°N 73.95667°W / 45.40333; -73.95667 (Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge)
(Across Canal Sainte-Anne)
(I) Île Bellevue
(O) Île Perrot
Canadian National Rail Bridge An old railway bridge on stone pillars.
1854[29] (M) Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue CN

Via Rail Canada passenger trains to Ottawa/Toronto

45°24′12″N 73°57′24″W / 45.40333°N 73.95667°W / 45.40333; -73.95667 (Canadian National Rail Bridge)
(Across Canal Sainte-Anne)
(I) Île Bellevue
(O) Île Perrot
Galipeault Bridge Two non-identical box girder bridges over rapids. 1925[26] 1991, 2009[30][L] (M) Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Quebec Autoroute 20.svg
Autoroute 20 and Route Verte 5
Antonin Galipeault (1879–1971), Quebec politician 45°24′10″N 73°57′21″W / 45.40278°N 73.95583°W / 45.40278; -73.95583 (Galipeault Bridge)
(Across Canal Sainte-Anne)
(I) Île Bellevue
(O) Île Perrot

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Notes[change | edit source]

A The section of Honoré-Mercier bridge spanning over the St. Lawrence Seaway was rebuilt to seaway standards in the 1950s. The bridge was twinned by an identical one, on the downriver side, which opened in 1963.[2]
B The Champlain Bridge Ice Structure, known in French as "l'Estacade Champlain," was built to control ice floes coming from the Laprairie Basin.[3]
C At the north end of Champlain Bridge, two spans, one north-south (aut. 15 and 20) and one east-west (aut. 10) connect Île des Sœurs to I. of Montreal. These two spans, called Pont Île-des-Sœurs and Pont Clément, are part of the Champlain Bridge complex.[4]
D Victoria Bridge was built as a one-track tubular bridge which opened in 1860. It was the first bridge to cross the St. Lawrence River, and the longest bridge in the world. It was rebuilt as a two-track truss bridge in 1898. The South Y approach was rebuilt around the Saint Lambert locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1961.[6]
E Pont de la Concorde (Concorde Bridge) and Pont des Îles ("Bridge of the Islands") were built for Expo 67.[7] Pont de la Concorde connects Montreal Island to Saint Helen's Island, while Pont des Îles connects Saint Helen's Island to Notre-Dame Island.
F Jacques-Cartier Bridge was originally named Harbour Bridge/Pont du Havre, and renamed after Jacques Cartier in 1934 (400th anniversary of Cartier's first voyage). The section over the St. Lawrence Seaway was lifted to a new height in 1962.[9]
G The Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine complex consists of a tunnel from Montreal to Île Charron and a bridge from Île Charron to the South Shore.[5]
H Construction of the Highway 25 Bridge started in early 2008 and was finished in May 2011. It is a toll bridge.
I The Rivière des Prairies hydro complex is a set of three dams: one from Montreal I. to Île de la Visitation (west of the Papineau-Leblanc Bridge), which includes a footpath; another between Île de la Visitation and Île du Cheval de Terre; and the longest span between Île du Cheval-de-Terre and Île Jésus. Île de la Visitation is joined to Montreal by another two small bridges: a road bridge, which also serves as a dam (historically, a water mill) and a footbridge.
J The railway crossing at Île Bigras consists of two spans, one north and one south of Île Bigras.
K A structure known as "Île Bray Bridge" was abandoned while still under construction in favor of Île aux Tourtes Bridge.[26]
L Galipeault Bridge was first built in 1925 and doubled in 1964. Both spans have been replaced since. Taschereau Bridge, which was part of the same project, spans the West Channel along the same highway.[26]

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