Look both ways when crossing the St. Lawrence Seaway today. Traffic is finally back on Highway H20.

It’s one of the latest spring openings on the seaway in its 57-year history, thanks to the winter we just came through.

Two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are busy in the east end of Lake Erie trying to keep approaches to the Welland Canal open for shipping. This winter you could ski from Pennsylvania to Ontario and the winds of March have piled that ice up on the lake’s east end.

Heavy ice in the Whitefish Bay area of Lake Superior near Sault Ste. Marie has damaged the U.S.Coast Guard icebreaker Mackinaw. Azipods – propeller pods that can be rotated 360 degrees – were penetrated by ice and flooded.

That doubles up the work load for Simon Risely, the Canadian icebreaker assigned to Lake Superior. Heavy ice accumulation at the head of the St. Lawrence River is keeping the icebreaker Radisson busy this spring.

More than 3,500 freighters will ply the waters of the 3,700-kilometre-long seaway this season and the first up-bound vessel this season is CWB Marquis, a new vessel launched last fall at a China shipbuilding yard for the Canada Wheat Board. However, for its first ever trip on the seaway The Marquis – named after a popular Canadian wheat variety – will carry iron ore from Sept Isles to the steel mills in Hamilton.

In Cornwall the vessel will pass under the Three Nations Bridge maybe for the last time.

The towering bridge over the St. Lawrence Seaway is being demolished after dominating the Cornwall skyline for 52 years.

It’ll take nearly two years to bring down the high-level bridge. Work started last fall.

Bridge officials invited the locals to come say goodbye to their bridge on the July day it closed to traffic. They expected about 200 participants to walk across the bridge. More than 2,000 showed up.

A new low-level bridge, built by American Bridge, opened last January 2014 to replace the high-level bridge.

It’s called Three Nations Crossing as it connects Canada, United States and the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve that straddles the international border.

It’s also called the the International Seaway Bridge, plus the North Channel Bridge. All together the crossing between Cornwall Ontario and Massena, New York, which includes Cornwall Island in the middle of the river, is more than a mile long.

The portion known as North Channel Bridge is coming down at a cost of $15 million.

It rises to more than 200 feet above the seaway and offers a panoramic view of Cornwall. It was built in the early 1960s to allow sea-going vessels to pass underneath as Canada was considering creating a Canada-only seaway. On the American shore opposite Cornwall are the Eisenhower and Snell locks, the only American locks on the entire seaway.

Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent and John Diefenbaker after him had considered operating a Canada-only seaway, but traffic and revenue on the waterway was less than originally anticipated and the idea died after the bridge was built.

Walks across the high bridge in winter were often bitterly cold. The walk on July 8 was superb. Pedestrians signed their names on the concrete, ate pizza at way stations that depicted the history of the bridge. Some brought home chunks of pavement peeled up from the road bed.

 Look both ways when crossing the St. Lawrence Seaway today. Traffic is finally back on Highway H20.

It’s one of the latest spring openings for the seaway in its 57-year history, thanks to the winter we just came through.

Two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are busy at the east end of Lake Erie trying to keep approaches to the Welland Canal open for shipping. This winter you could ski from Pennsylvania to Ontario and the winds of March have piled that ice up around Port Colborne.

Heavy ice in the Whitefish Bay area of Lake Superior near Sault Ste. Marie has damaged the U.S.Coast Guard icebreaker Mackinaw. Azipods – propeller pods that can rotate 360 degrees – were penetrated by ice and flooded.

That doubles up the work load for Simon Risely, the Canadian icebreaker assigned to Lake Superior. Heavy ice accumulation at the head of the St. Lawrence River is keeping the icebreaker Radisson busy this spring.

More than 3,500 freighters will ply the waters of the 3,700-kilometre-long seaway this season and the first up-bound vessel this season is CWB Marquis, a new vessel launched last fall at a China shipbuilding yard for the Canada Wheat Board. However, for its first ever trip on the seaway The Marquis – named after a popular Canadian wheat variety – will carry iron ore from Sept Isles to the steel mills in Hamilton.

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On the Welland Canal freighters from around the world sail through the back yards of many homes.

In Cornwall the vessel will pass under Three Nations Bridge, maybe for the last time.

The towering bridge over the St. Lawrence Seaway is being demolished after dominating the Cornwall skyline for 52 years.

Work started in September and it’ll take nearly two years to bring down the high-level bridge. 

Bridge officials invited the locals to come say goodbye to their bridge on the July day it closed to traffic. They expected about 200 participants to walk across the bridge. More than 2,000 showed up.

A new low-level bridge, built by American Bridge, opened last January 2014 to replace the high-level bridge.

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Three Nations Bridge was built to let sea-going vessels pass underneith…..but none ever did in its 57 year history.

It’s called Three Nations Crossing as it connects Canada, United States and the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve that straddles the international border.

Cornwall bridge walk
Cornwall residents were invited last July to take a final walk across their doomed Three Nations Crossing. Officials expected 200 participants, but more than 2,000 showed up.
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Some residents pulled up chunks of asphalt to take home as momentos…..such as these guys.

 

 

It’s also called the the International Seaway Bridge, plus the North Channel Bridge. All together the crossing between Cornwall Ontario and Massena, New York, which includes Cornwall Island in the middle of the river, is more than a mile long.

The portion known as North Channel Bridge is coming down at a cost of $15 million.

It rises to more than 200 feet above the seaway and offers a panoramic view of Cornwall. It was built in the early 1960s to allow sea-going vessels to pass underneath as Canada was considering creating a Canada-only seaway. On the American shore opposite Cornwall are the Eisenhower and Snell locks, the only American locks on the entire seaway.

Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent and John Diefenbaker after him had considered operating a Canada-only seaway, but traffic and revenue on the waterway was less than originally anticipated and the idea died after the bridge was built.

Walks across the high bridge in winter were often bitterly cold. The walk on July 8 was superb. Pedestrians signed their names on the concrete, ate pizza at way stations that depicted the history of the bridge. Some brought home chunks of pavement peeled up from the road bed.