Hector Barsalou

When technological progress started knocking on the doors of cities at the start of the 1920s, over 6,000 cars could be found on the streets of Montreal. The demand for easy access back and forth to the South Shore gave rise to the project for the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which involved many engineers from North […] ...
23 March 2017   ·


Joseph Baermann Strauss

Joseph Baermann Strauss dreamed of having a career in the arts and playing for his university football team. He ended up becoming a prolific engineer known for revolutionizing the design of bascule bridges. Over his career, he helped build over 400 drawbridges across North America, and he is most known for the famous Golden Gate […] ...
17 March 2017   ·


Edge girder reinforcement program now complete

The year 2017 marks the end of the edge girder reinforcement program for the Champlain Bridge. Since 2014, $378 million has been invested to perform major repairs on the bridge and to maintain this key economic corridor. Overall, the bridge’s 100 edge girders are now reinforced with 94 modular trusses and 6 shoring systems developed […] ...
10 March 2017   ·


Dominion Bridge Company

Founded in the middle of the 19th century, the Dominion Bridge Company built all of Canadian Pacific’s rail bridges between Montreal and Vancouver. Over the years, this major company honed its steel expertise by working on many major structures, such as the Quebec Bridge, the Champlain Bridge, the structure of the Château Frontenac, the Mount […] ...
9 March 2017   ·


Dominion Bridge Company

Founded in the middle of the 19th century, the Dominion Bridge Company built all of Canadian Pacific’s rail bridges between Montreal and Vancouver. Over the years, this major company honed its steel expertise by working on many major structures, such as the Quebec Bridge, the Champlain Bridge, the structure of the Château Frontenac, the Mount […] ...
9 March 2017   ·


Philip Louis Pratley

Known as the “father” of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, engineer Philip Louis Pratley spent from 1925 to 1930 designing the plans for this structure that is now regarded as a symbol of Montreal. Pratley earned an enviable reputation in engineering thanks to his innovative mathematical approach to structural design and analysis. Did you know that […] ...
2 March 2017   ·


Monsarrat, Pratley & Strauss

“Three times the charm” is a saying that applies to the history of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, as two projects for a bridge to relieve increased car traffic between Montreal and the South Shore were abandoned due to a lack of government support . However, a third project was accepted in 1924 after the Harbour Commissioners […] ...
23 February 2017   ·


Feel the energy with François Laforest, Master Electrician at JCCBI.

This month’s employee profile features a profession we don’t come across often here at JCCBI, but his work is essential to keeping our structures operational. Meet François Laforest, Master Electrician. As a child, François didn’t want to become an electrician like his father. He always told himself he would pursue another career. But this ...
20 February 2017   ·


Georges Pelletier

As editor-in-chief of Le Devoir, Georges Pelletier launched a petition to get the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal to rename the Harbour Bridge the “Jacques Cartier Bridge.” His mission was a success, as the bridge has borne the name of this French explorer and discoverer since June 1934.   What do you know about Georges Pelletier? […] ...
16 February 2017   ·


Have you seen the light displays on the Jacques Cartier Bridge?

If you use the Jacques Cartier Bridge or live nearby, you may have noticed the light effects on the structure over the past few weeks. This is just a taste of the illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge, a flagship project for the celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Canada’s 150th. As the lighting system […] ...
15 February 2017   ·