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McDonald Bridge (Saskatoon)

CPR Bridge
Official name CPR Bridge
Carries Canadian Pacific Railway tracks
Crosses South Saskatchewan River
Locale Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Maintained by City of Saskatoon
Design Truss bridge
Material Steel, wood, concrete
Total length 341 metres (1,119 ft)
Piers in water 7
Construction end 1908
Opened June 15, 1908

52°8′33.53″N 106°38′28.35″W / 52.1426472°N 106.6412083°W / 52.1426472; -106.6412083Coordinates: 52°8′33.53″N 106°38′28.35″W / 52.1426472°N 106.6412083°W / 52.1426472; -106.6412083

The CPR Bridge is a Canadian railway bridge that spans the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The bridge was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1908 and is referred to by locals as the CPR Bridge or CP Railway Bridge, or simply the Train Bridge or Railway Bridge. The city's second rail bridge, to avoid confusion, is generally known as the Grand Trunk Bridge or CN Railway Bridge.

The CPR Bridge is part of the CP rail line to its Sutherland rail yards. It is unusual for a rail bridge in that it includes a pedestrian walkway, which was added in 1909. It allows users to cross between the west side of the bridge, adjacent to the Meewasin Valley trails, and the east side, near Innovation Place Research Park. Because of the walkway and its low railings, the bridge is one of the most well known suicide spots in Saskatoon.

Originally, the City of Saskatoon asked that the bridge be designed so that a single lane of vehicular traffic could be added later. However, this plan was abandoned and the University Bridge was instead built upstream.[1]

The bridge is referred to on page 1 of Farley Mowat's 1961 novella, Owls in the Family; Mowat refers to the bridge by a variation of its nickname, The Railroad Bridge.

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