Day 121/365 of Steel – Peace Bridge

The Peace Bridge between Canada and US
Fig 1: The Peace Bridge between Canada and US
Brendan Bannon for The New York Times

The Peace Bridge is an international bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie at the source of the Niagara River. It connects Buffalo, New York, in the United States to Fort Erie, Ontario, in Canada. The Peace Bridge consists of five arched spans over the Niagara River and a Parker deck type truss span over the Black Rock Canal on the American side of the river.

The Peace Bridge
Fig 2: The Peace Bridge
Author: Óðinn

The length is 1.770m. Material used in the construction included 9,000 tons of structural steel and 800 tons of reinforcing steel in the concrete abutments. The superstructure of the Peace Bridge consists of riveted steel with reinforced concrete deck slabs and a latex modified concrete wearing surface. The Peace Bridge was named to commemorate 100 years of peace between the United States and Canada.

The Peace Bridge
Fig 3: The Peace Bridge
Derek Gee / News file photo

The official opening ceremony was held on August 7, 1927, with about 100,000 in attendance. The festivities were transmitted to the public via radio in the first international coast-to-coast broadcast. Newspapers at the time estimated that as many as 50 million listeners may have heard the broadcast. The dignitaries who took part in the dedication ceremonies included The Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII), Prince George, Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes.

The Peace Bridge At Night
Fig 4: The Peace Bridge At Night
Author: Philcomanforterie

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Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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