Reversing Falls Bridge

Reversing Falls Bridge

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History of the crossing

The Reversing Falls rapids are a notoriously dangerous stretch of water passing through a gorge which creates a chasm through the middle of the Saint John metropolitan region. Prior to construction of the first bridge in 1853, ferries were used to connect both sides of the river in the city.

The first bridge was a suspension bridge, measuring 190 m in length. It was demolished in 1915 after its replacement, the current steel arch structure, was opened to public use alongside the original. Both structures have shared the site of this crossing with the Reversing Falls Railway Bridge since 1885.

Until the 1940s, the Reversing Falls Bridge also carried a streetcar line.

Visitors may stop at a public look-off above the bridge on the west bank of the river, or use a restaurant and gift shop constructed adjacent to its western abutment.


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