The Port Mann Bridge is nearing completion and amongst talk of tolls and travel times comes a distinct recognition — an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records. At 65 metres from side to side, officials confirm that it will be the world’s widest bridge.
— News1130 (@News1130radio) September 13, 2012
The Sydney Harbour Bridge at 49 meters wide is currently the widest in the world. Here are a few more facts about the new Port Mann Bridge:
- Total length: 2,020 metres
- Number of lanes: 10 (5 in each direction)
- Number of cables: 288
- Total width: 65 metres
50 metres of roadway (including shoulders)
5 metre wide path, with 3 metres of clearance for pedestrians and cyclists
10 metre gap/median where pylons support the two bridge decks
- Tower height: 160 metres, including 42 metres of navigational clearance
Tolls will start at $1.50 per crossing and those who sign up before November 30, 2012 will receive a $30 credit on their account. HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane users will also get a 25% discount during peak hours throughout the first year and drivers can sign up for a monthly pass starting at $75. [Source: Vancouver Sun]
— Margaret Gallagher (@GallaghMargaret) September 13, 2012
Tolling registration can be done online, via a link on the Port Mann Highway 1 Improvement Project website and the bridge will be free for the first month when it opens this December. Follow @PortMannHwy1 on Twitter for daily updates.
The world’s tallest bridge is the Millau Viaduct (1,125 ft) in France; the world’s longest is the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge (540,700 ft) in China; the world’s highest bridge is the Sidu River Bridge in China (1,627 ft).