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Lions Gate Bridge

Project at a glance

Industry

Transportation

Client

Contractor: American Bridge

Owner: BC Ministry of Transportation 

Location

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, connecting Downtown Vancouver with the North Shore 

Products + Scope

Expansion JointsExpansion Joints IconExpansion JointsGuard RailsGuard Rails IconGuard RailsStructural BearingStructural Bearing IconStructural Bearing

Deck Drains

Guardrail System 

Finger Joints

Pier Bearings

Bicycle Safety Rails 

Structure Details

Originally constructed in 1937, the Lions Gate Bridge is a 472-metre cable stay bridge that spans the entrance to one of the busiest harbours in North America. 

Project Highlights

  • Over the past two decades, Marcon has been the chosen fabricator for every upgrade on the Lions Gate Bridge.
  • During the 2000-2001 upgrade, Marcon supplied the guardrail system for the main deck replacement. This was the first time a deck was replaced on a suspension bridge where the bridge had to stay open during daytime hours.
  • After the four main pier bearings seized, Marcon was hired to rectify the issue with a new design. Working directly with Associated Engineering and the Ministry of Transportation, our team engineered and replaced all of the pier bearings. The bearing contact surfaces were machined from a 10” block of steel, replacing a welded plate assembly to reduce internal stresses introduced by welding and to greatly increase the lifetime of the bridge.