International Bridge Technologies

Coast Meridian Overpass – Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Technical details
City of Port Coquitlam, B.C., Canada

Construction Completed: 2010

Detailed design and construction engineering.
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Design/Build Contractor: SNC-LAVALIN
SYSTRA IBT’s Role: Bridge Design Consultant


Main Span: 125 m (410 ft)

Total Length: 580 m (1,902 ft)

Width: 23.8 m (78 ft) (four traffic lanes, shoulders, two bicycle paths, and a sidewalk).

The Coast Meridian Overpass follows the alignment of Coast Meridian Road, serving as a critical transportation link between the north and south of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. This superstructure spans over the Canada Pacific Railway yard and Lougheed Highway, enhancing safe connectivity and transportation efficiency in the community.

The overpass carries four traffic lanes, a central median divider, bicycle lanes in both directions, and a sidewalk on the west side. The 23.8 m (78 ft) wide superstructure consists of twin steel box girders connected with floor beams and composite precast concrete deck panels with a reinforced concrete overlay. It is supported by a central plane of stay cables anchored in steel pylons within the median.

The structure is 580 m (1,902 ft) long with six spans of 102.5 m (336 ft), 125 m (410 ft), 110 m (360 ft), 125 m (410 ft), 71.4 m (234 ft), and 46.5 m (152 ft). The bridge is supported on multi-column reinforced concrete bents and 2 m (6.5 ft) diameter piles.

In order to maintain railroad operations, the bridge was push-launched from the south abutment. This included a 40 m (131 ft) long launching nose and temporary stay cables ahead of the lead span. At the time of construction, the 125 m (410 ft) clear launched span was one of the longest on record in North America. After completion of launching, permanent stay cables were installed and partially stressed. Then, the concrete deck and deck furniture were installed, and the stay cables were re-stressed.

Launching operations were successfully executed and resulted in no unanticipated closures of the railway yard. Construction was completed on schedule; and the bridge opened in March of 2010, completing a vital link for the community.

The Coast Meridian Overpass received the prestigious 2012 ACEC National Recognition Award for its exceptional contribution to the transportation infrastructure of the City of Port Coquitlam. The project’s innovative design has made a positive and lasting impact on the community.

Additional awards:

  • 2011 Canadian Consulting Engineering – Award of Excellence in Transportation
  • 2012 ACEC Excellence in Engineering Design Honor Award

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