International Bridge Technologies

Pitt River Bridge – Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Technical details
Ministry of Transportation, British Columbia, Canada

Construction Completed: 2009

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Design-Build Contractor: Kiewit Corporation, Prime Consultant: ND LEA Inc., Associated Engineering
SYSTRA IBT’s Role: Bridge Design Consultant to detailed design and construction engineering for the main bridge and technical assistance on site.


Main Span: 190 m (623 ft)
Bridge Length: 380 m (1,250 ft)
Width: 40 to 48 m (131 to 158.5 ft) (seven traffic lanes, bike path, shoulders, provision for eighth traffic lane).

The roadway allows for seven lanes of traffic and a bike path, and it has a provision for a future eighth traffic lane. The superstructure width varies from 40.5 m to 48 m (133 ft to 157.5 ft) in the initial configuration. The main river crossing consists of a three-span cable-stayed bridge with a 190 m (623 ft) main span.

The bridge superstructure consists of a steel-concrete composite deck supported by three planes of stay cables in a “harp” arrangement. The bridge is supported on large diameter piles anchored in the till with pile caps at water level. The bridge was completed on-time and on-budget, and it opened to traffic in the fall of 2009.


  • 2011 ACEC California – Engineering Excellence Merit Award
  • 2011 ACEC California – Engineering Excellence Small Firm Merit Award

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