Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge

Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge

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caption = Senator Sid Buckwold (Idylwyld) Bridge
official_name = Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge
carries = 6 lanes of Idylwyld Drive/Expressway (Hwy 11/Hwy 16)
crosses = South Saskatchewan River
locale = Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
maint = City of Saskatoon
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material = Reinforced concrete
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begin = February 5, 1965
complete = 1966
open = October 28, 1966
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Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge is a bridge that spans the South Saskatchewan River between west and east shore Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was built in 1966, on the same site as the original Qu'Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan (later CN Rail) bridge.cite web
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title = Saskatoon Chronology: 1882-2005
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publisher = City of Saskatoon - Archives
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accessdate = 2007-10-25
] The bridge is part of the Idylwyld Freeway, for which the former CNR Bridge was torn down. The act of dynamiting the original piers of the CNR Bridge became something of a spectacle as demolition experts were unable to completely destroy them.

Construction of the bridge was one of several simultaneous, interconnected major projects that occurred in Saskatoon during the mid-to-late 1960s. Related projects included: the construction of the Midtown Plaza shopping centre and CN Towers office block which followed the demolition of the former CNR Station and the removal of the attending railyard and CNR Bridge; construction of the Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium (now called TCU Place) also on former railway land; and construction of the Idylwyld Freeway itself from 20th Street southwards to just south of Ruth Street where it joined with another late-60s freeway project, the south east leg of Circle Drive.

Also known by its former name, the Idylwyld Bridge and, by locals, as the Freeway Bridge, the structure was renamed in honor of former mayor and senator Sidney Buckwold in 2001, following Buckwold's death.

ee also

* List of bridges in Canada
* List of bridges


External links

* [ City of Saskatoon Archives - Historical Resources]

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