Here in Vancouver we have two bridges that cross to the north shore, linking North and West Vancouver to the rest of Vancouver. The Lionsgate bridge is probably the best known. And with it’s three lanes, it can be a frustrating one to use.
But today I wanted to pause and think about the other bridge. It has two names: the second narrows and the ironworkers memorial bridge. The first name makes sense if you think of the Lionsgate bridge as the first narrows. The second name dates back to the catastrophic collapse of the bridge during it’s construction ion June 17, 1958. At that time eighteen ironworkers were killed as the bridge fell into the Burrard inlet.
We may not think about this often as we drive over the bridge, but at least on this anniversary we should give a thought to them.