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Another Big Bridge.

The St. Lawrence is to bo crossed at Quebec by a gigantic railway bridge, which will very materially affect the traffic of the two great railways of Canada—the Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific—as well as an important part of tho railway system of the New England States. The great depth of the St. Lawrence River opposite Quebec has hitherto been a powerful argument against the construction of a bridge, but engineering skill has overcome this obstacle with a scheme to .build a cantilever bridge, which will cost close upon 10,000,000d01. The width of tho river from shore to shoro at Quebec is 24,000 ft (about four miles and two-thirds). Two main piers are to be constructed of solid granite in 40ft: of water, about 500 ft from each shore. These two piers are to suppoit a cantilever bridge of a span of 1,442 ft. The total length of the bridge, with the approaches, will be 34,000 ft (nearly six miles and a-half). The top of the bridge from high-water level will be 408 ft, and the largest ocean steamer will be able to pass under it. The principal object in building the bridge is to connect the International Railway from Halifax and St. John to Quebec, which is run by the Canadian Government at a great annual loss to the country, with the Canadian Pacific Railway, an uninterrupted line from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through the Canadian territory.

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Another Big Bridge., Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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Another Big Bridge. Issue 8052, 31 October 1889

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