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Confederation Bridge

Summerside, Canada

The slogan for the Confederation Bridge is “The Longest Bridge, The Shortest Route” and for bridges over ice-covered water it is the longest in the world while it only takes ten minutes to drive across it from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island. The multi-span concrete box girder bridge is 12.9 kilometres long. Construction started in 1993 and it opened in May of 1997.

Before the arrival of the Confederation Bridge, tourists going to Prince Edward Island would use a ferry to cross Northumberland Strait. Now visitors can cross the bridge from Borden–Carleton, Prince Edward Island to Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick and the popular tourist destinations on PEI are not far away with Charlottetown and Summerside less than an hour from the Confederation Bridge.

The bridge is part of the Trans-Canada Highway. Among the many things to do on Prince Edward Island is to sample the local seafood, and the construction of the bridge provided more of it as the Lobster Habitat Enhancement Program used dredged material from the construction to create areas for lobsters and crabs. There is a toll to cross Confederation Bridge, the charge is based on the number of axles of the vehicle.

 

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