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As part of a major $205 million West Side Terminals Modernization Project, a heavy-duty Algonquin Modular Panel Bridge will keep the busy Port of Saint John connected during a seven year construction phase and beyond.

The ≈ 40 m crossing will be the only access between the mainland and the container pier. As such, its more robust truss configuration was designed to accommodate all of the heavy container truck traffic while the Rodney Pier is being extended and dredged to make it “deeper, stronger and more efficient.”

Launching nose and rollers simplified the installation
Prior to the tender, the Algonquin engineering team provided concept drawings and support to help the consultant pre-design the foundations.

We utilized a mix of inventoried and new components to meet the project’s timelines. The winter season assembly and installation was still underway at time of publication, with on-site assistance provided by the Algonquin Team. The use of a launching nose and launch rollers simplified the process and the contractor was impressed with how smoothly the cantilevered launch sequence rolled out.

Although a rental option was also provided, the owner opted to purchase the bridge as they were looking for a 25-year solution — well beyond the current construction phase.

Roller system

Nose module

Project at a glance:
Project Name: West Side Modernization
Location: Saint John, New Brunswick
Owner: Port of Saint John 
Engineer: Hatch, Halifax
Contractor: Alternative Concrete Technologies Ltd
Sector: Urban
Application: Stream Crossing
Product: Algonquin Modular Panel Bridge
Dimensions: Span 39.63 m, Width 35 m
Installation Time: Three weeks

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