The Lions' Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge located in British Columbia, Canada. It crosses Bradner Bay, connecting downtown Vancouver and the North Shore towns. The bridge is attached to Highways 1A and 99 in British Columbia. It is an important traffic artery in the Greater Vancouver area and one of the main landmarks in Vancouver.
The Guinness family funded the bridge, which was designed and built by the architects of the Golden Gate Bridge, so there are some similarities between it and the Golden Gate Bridge. It takes its name from the Lions in the North Shore Mountains. Its designed service life is only 50 years, but now it is more than 80 years.
The Lions Gate Bridge was originally red, but it was specially painted into the current turquoise to match the green mountains on both sides of the strait. During festivals or when the Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team has games, the lion statue is often decorated, becoming beautiful scenery. This post will introduce more details about the incredible size of the bridge.
Description of Lions' Gate Bridge Size
The Lions Gate Bridge was designed by Monsarrat and Pratley, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The Guinness family invested $7 million to build this bridge. Construction started on March 31, 1937, and opened on November 14, 1938. The bridge has three traffic lanes, and the central lane can change directions to cope with the traffic flow at different times. There are two lanes to downtown Vancouver during weekday morning rush hours and two lanes to the North Shore during afternoon rush hours. Originally charged 25 cents, the fee was free in 1963.
The government replaced the bridge deck in 2000 because the traffic lanes and pedestrian passages were too narrow. Each traffic lane is widened from 3 meters to 3.6 meters; pedestrian passages are widened from 1.2 meters to 2.7 meters.
Dimensions of Lions' Gate Bridge
The Lions' Gate Bridge has a total length of 1,517.3 meters (4,978 feet), and the North Shore Approach is 1,823 meters (5,890 feet) long. The main bridge span is 472 meters (1,550 feet), the tower height is 111 meters (364 feet), and the height above the sea is 61 meters (200 feet). The Lions Gate Bridge is currently one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
|Total length||1,823 m (5,890 ft)|
|Height||111 m (364 ft)|
|Longest span||472 m (1,552 ft)|
|Clearance below||61 m (200 ft)|
The Lions' Gate Bridge is still in operation without any damage, which is one of the miracles in the bridge construction industry. The best place to see the Lions Gate Bridge is the 60-meter-high Prospect Point in the north of Stanley Park, where you can enjoy the magnificent mountain views of North Vancouver and the full view of the Lions Gate Bridge. There are dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths on the bridge so visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. When the evening comes, and people end their day's work, the busy Lions Gate Bridge will show its graceful beauty to everyone under the illumination of lights and the background of the lake.