Project at a glance
Contractor: American Bridge
Owner: BC Ministry of Transportation
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, connecting Downtown Vancouver with the North Shore
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.
- 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.