Burrard Street Bridge – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Burrard Bridge is an Art Deco, steel truss bridge that spans False Creek and connects downtown to the west side neighbourhoods of the city. The bridge’s two close approach spans are Warren trusses placed below deck level, while its central span is a Pratt truss placed above deck level to allow greater clearance height for ships passing underneath. The imposing concrete towers, connected by overhead galleries, which are embellished with architectural and sculptural details that create a torch-like entrance of pylons. Busts of Captain George Vancouver and Sir Harry Burrard-Neale in ship prows jut from the bridge’s superstructure. Unifying the long approaches and the distinctive central span are heavy concrete railings, originally topped with decorative street lamps.

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