April 16, 2002
The St. Lawrence River is 191 feet deep at the point and over 3000 feet wide. The current runs at a very swift 7 miles per hour. This is a mighty river and the building of this bridge was an amazing accomplishment and not without great tragedy. There were 2 collapses during the building and opening was delayed until 1919. The bridge has three lanes of auto traffic, 2 pedestrian lanes and one train. At its tallest point it is 340 feet high. The Canadian Department of Heritage in 1996 declared it a National Historic Site.
Today it is dwarfed by the Pierre Laporte Bridge, which runs along side it, but nothing can compare to the feeling that I get when I see the original Quebec Bridge. If you are driving into Quebec make the effort to cross on it, it’s a wonderful experience, a moment of history.
From journal A weekend in the Paris of the North