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Joining the bridge

On our way

Driving over water

The Navigation curve

We left Charlie and Melanie's and headed to Prince Edward Island for a few days. To get to PEI we drove the Confederation Bridge.

The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The curved, 12.9 kilometres (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water. Because of its phenomenal length, the bridge uses a multi-span concrete box girder structure.

Engineers designed the bridge with graceful curves to ensure drivers remain attentive, and to reduce the potential for accidents. The highest curve at the Navigation Span reaches 60 metres above water, allowing large sea vessels, including some cruise ships, to navigate under the bridge between its piers, which stand 250 metres apart.

The majority of the construction took place ashore at staging facilities in Bayfield, New Brunswick and Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island. The components were then assembled in place over the 35-metre-deep water.

Construction began on October 7, 1993. After four years of construction the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic in spring of 1997 at a total construction cost of one billion dollars.

It is an amazing bridge to drive across.

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