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Police have totally closed the Jacques-Cartier bridge because a man has climbed up into the structure.
Doobish, David Tighe, Kate, and 2 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
How do you jump *up* into the structure?
You climb up. It wouldn’t be easy, but this isn’t the first stunt someone’s done, besides workers who have to climb up to paint or repair the structure.
Later note: Should be reopened soon – they’ve brought the man down.
He looked comfortable up there – maybe he’s Span-ish!!!
Useless internet factoid du jour: The Jacques Cartier Bridge (then the Harbour Bridge) was designed in the Drummond Building (NW corner Peel and Sainte-Catherine). From this nifty PDF bio on the structural engineer P.L. Pratley. Read through it and you’ll be amazed at just how many of Canada’s iconic bridges were designed by this one man and his crew.
I found the factoid very interesting. Pratley was a very admirable person and deserves a plaque somewhere. Imagine all those calculations of stresses and so on being done by slide rules and teams of calculators banging and crashing away
As a “Person of National Historic Significance” (yes, Canada has those), he actually does have a plaque in his honour. Here’s the 2009 Parks Canada press release, although I’m not sure just where it’s installed. And here‘s a page with some neat historic pics of the bridge.
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