Today in Transportation History – 1955: Nova Scotia Gets a New Bridge

Today in Transportation History – 1955: Nova Scotia Gets a New Bridge

Transportation History

The Angus L. Macdonald Bridge was opened in the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia. The suspension bridge, measuring nearly one mile (1.6 kilometers) in length, crosses Halifax Harbour and serves as a link between the Halifax Peninsula and the city of Dartmouth. At the time of its debut, the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge played a pioneering role by finally making it possible to travel between those two points without having to either drive a longer route around the large local bay called the Bedford Basin or board a ferry. The bridge was designed by Philip Louis Pratley, one of Canada’s leading long-span bridge engineers.

The bridge was named after the Premier of Nova Scotia who had pushed hard for building the structure as part of his ambitious public works program for the province. Angus L. Macdonald took part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the bridge in 1952 but died…

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