Town of Souris Swinging Bridge

The original Swinging Bridge located in the town of Souris, Manitoba was built in 1904 by the Late Squire Sowden as a means of transportation across the river. It was billed by officials as Canada's longest historic suspension bridge with a total length of 582 feet and was a landmark and tourist attraction. The spring flood of 2011 had submerged the superstructure requiring the cable anchors to be cut resulting in the bridge being completely destroyed. While the original suspension bridge consisted of nine piers and ten spans, the new bridge needed to be designed without any intermediate piers leading to a single span of just over 600 feet. This length will make the bridge the longest suspension/swinging pedestrian bridge in Canada. This paper will discuss the design process and challenges, as well as the construction requirements and restraints. The construction of the bridge is proposed to be completed by Summer 2013. (A) For the covering abstract of this conference see ITRD record numbre 201310RT334E.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 11 p.
  • Monograph Title: 2013 Conference and Exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada - Transportation: Better - Faster - Safer

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01518065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Mar 11 2014 11:00AM