Kyle E.

Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Regina Regional Heritage Fair

The Quebec Bridge

This is the story of the 30-year construction of one bridge. A bridge designed to accomodate pedestrians, roadway and railway across the Saint Lawrence River. Of the people who opposed construction, and those who gave their lives during construction.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting and moving thing I liked was abut the Iron Rings. These were created from the original ruins from the bridge. Starting in1925, these rings are given to all Engineering graduates.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I think the most important thing was that the engineers did not agree on the project. There were people who questioned its strength and their opinions were ignored. Eighty-eight lives were unnecessarily lost.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The guidelines and experience that are required in design and construction are more strict. We have better knowledge, experience and machinery for these type of projects. I also believe that we would not have allowed so many men into such a dangerous situation.