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The Alex Fraser Bridge (also known as the Annacis Bridge) is a cable-stayed bridge over the Fraser River and connects Richmond and New Westminster with North Delta in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. The bridge is named for Alex Fraser, a former B.C. Minister of Transportation who died of throat cancer.
Alex Fraser Bridge is located in Vancouver
The bridge was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world when it opened on September 22, 1986 and was the longest in North America until the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge opened in 2005. As of 2009 it is the 32nd longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and second longest in North America. It is 930m long with a main span of 465m. The towers are 154m tall. It consists of six lanes, three in each direction and has a maximum speed limit of 90 km per hour. Upon opening in 1986, only four of the six available lanes were open - with the remaining two lanes reserved for cyclists & pedestrians. All six lanes opened in 1987 after traffic demand justified the need.
The bridge's southern end is in North Delta and its northern end is on Delta's Annacis Island. It forms part of Highway 91 of British Columbia and from the south end has connections to areas of the Greater Vancouver Regional District south of the Fraser River, such as Delta, Surrey and White Rock. The connections on the northern end lead into the cities of New Westminster, Richmond, Burnaby and on into Vancouver itself. It is a major artery in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The bridge was constructed for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and was designed by Buckland & Taylor.
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