The Rainbow Bridge is a famous tourist attraction in Niagara Falls. It is an arch-steel bridge that connects the border between the United States and Canada. The Rainbow Bridge spans the Niagara River and is the most direct route to the Niagara Falls Casino. The main U.S. highway to Rainbow Bridge is Interstate 190; the main spur in Canada is the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Avenue), exit 420.
The Rainbow Bridge was built near the site of the earlier Honeymoon Bridge. The Honeymoon Bridge, also known as the Falls View Bridge and officially the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, collapsed on January 27, 1938, due to an ice storm on the river. The collapse has accelerated the construction of the new bridge.
If you want to enjoy the panoramic view of Niagara Falls, the ideal place is to stand on the Rainbow Bridge. The bridge spans the Niagara River downstream of the waterfall, and you can walk from Canada to the United States in five to ten minutes on the bridge.
Description of the Rainbow Bridge Size
King George VI and Elizabeth II visited Niagara Falls during their official visit to Canada in 1939 and laid the foundation stone for the bridge. Construction of the Rainbow Bridge began in May 1940, and the bridge was inaugurated on November 1, 1941. The western and eastern ends of the Rainbow Bridge are located in two towns with the same name, Niagara Falls.
Cars through the Rainbow Bridge, pedestrians, and cyclists pay different tolls per person. Remember that commercial vehicles are prohibited from passing the Rainbow Bridge; trucks should cross the Niagara River via the Livingston-Queenston Bridge or the Peace Bridge. The Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, which is close to the Rainbow Bridge design, is about 16 kilometers north of the Rainbow Bridge.
Length of the Rainbow Bridge
The Rainbow Bridge has four traffic lanes (two in each direction) and pedestrian passages, with a bridge span of 289.5 meters (950 feet). This bridge has a main span and ten approach spans, with a total length of about 440 meters (1,444 feet). The roadway is 14.63 meters (48 feet) wide and 62 meters (202 feet) high.
|Total Length||440 m (1,444 ft)|
|Roadway Width||14.63 m (48 ft)|
|Height||62 m (202 ft)|
|Longest Span||440 m (1,444 ft)|
The Rainbow Bridge is for non-commercial use only, so it is a popular tourist crossing and always crowded on summer weekends. The flags of the United States, Canada, and the United Nations are flying in the center of the Rainbow Bridge. The people of the two countries can travel freely without going through border procedures. The peaceful environment also makes the rich tourism resources bring more returns to the two countries; industries such as chemicals, metal smelting, and wine have also developed rapidly, which are the model of peaceful development between countries.