Champlain Bridge Advances - page 3 of 5
The original bridge was demolished by barge mounted excavators, using the barges to transport material
The cable-stayed bridge by the numbers
- Piles drilled for the main pylon: 42
- Steel rebar in the foundation: 13,000 metric tons
Size of the complete foundation for the main pylon:
- 45 m x 15 m x 4 m high.
- Quantity of concrete for the foundation and the pier bases: 2,100 m³
- Number of cables: 30 on each side
- Final height of the pylon: 170 metres above river level, which is 10 metres
- Length of cable-stayed section: 500 m of the 3.4 km bridge
The west approach extends from L’Île-des-Soeurs to the rear span of the cable-stayed section of the bridge.
Work takes place in many different locations to maximise time when weather conditions permit.
The west jetty, which was the first work platform created for the project, has changed a lot since the ground was broken in June 2015.
Today, it is a hive of activity, with several different work areas, including the one being used for the prefabrication of the concrete footings, which are the very foundation of the bridge.
To keep them protected from the weather, each of the four footings’ production lines are covered by super domes and are working at full capacity.