Papineau-Leblanc Bridge

The Papineau-Leblanc Bridge was one of the first cable-stayed spans in North America. It is part of Quebec Autoroute 19 and is one of the connections between Laval and Montreal, Quebec, Canada, spanning Rivière des Prairies. It was fabricated from weathering steel and has an orthotropic deck. The freeway ends abruptly at the southern end of the bridge at the intersection of Henri Bourassa Boulevard, where Autoroute 19 follows Avenue Papineau down to Quebec Autoroute 40.

Papineau-Leblanc Bridge
The Papineau-Leblanc bridge was one of the first cable-stayed bridges in North America.
Coordinates 45°34′34″N 73°40′00″W
Carries6 lanes of Autoroute 19
CrossesRivière des Prairies
LocaleLaval, Quebec and Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Maintained byTransports Québec
DesignCable-stayed bridge
Total length420.6 m
Width27.2 m
Longest span240 m
Daily traffic56,000 (2013)[1]

The Leblanc portion of the name comes from the name of a street in Laval that was expropriated to build the autoroute. That street was named after Alpha Leblanc, a local landowner. Portions of that street remain on both sides of the autoroute.

In 2000, a proposition to rename the bridge after the late Pietro Rizzuto was initially approved, then rejected by the Commission de Toponymie du Québec, which ruled that the name Papineau-Leblanc was already entrenched in local culture and non-controversial. Most locals simply refer to this bridge as Papineau.[2]

See also


  • Podolny, W. Jr., and Scalzi, J. B., Construction & Design of Cable-Stayed Bridges, John Wiley & Son, New York, NY, 1976.
  • Cable-Stayed Bridges: Theory and Design (ISBN 0258970340 / 0-258-97034-0) Troitsky, M S
  • ASCE, Bridge (discusses the Luling Bridge), Civil Engineering, ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers, 31, July 1984.
  • ENR, Stayed -Girders Reaches Record (discusses the Luling Bridge), Engineering News Record, McGraw Hill, New York, NY, April 8, 1982,
  • Mangus, Alfred, “A Fresh Look at Orthotropic Technology,” "Public Roads, The US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, March / April 2005, Washington, D.C., pp. 38–45.
  • Troitsky, M. S., Orthotropic Bridges - Theory and Design, 2nd ed., The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 1987.

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