The Bridge

The Bridge is an artwork produced by the City of Trois-Rivières.

Laviolette Bridge is the longest steel superstructure bridge in Quebec. Before it was opened, residents of Trois-Rivières had to take a ferry between the city’s port and Sainte-Angèle-de-Laval quay in Bécancour. Officially opened in December 1967, it took three years to build this long bridge at a cost of $50 million, an astronomical amount at the time.

In days gone by, there was nature on one side, with its vegetation, ecosystems and ecological niches; a peaceful and colourful life. On the other side, humans had pushed back nature to build an urban environment with cold structures and a fast pace of life, a priority for them because of the industrial and economic benefits this afforded.

Today, humans have built a bridge between these two vital spaces that connects the useful with the enjoyable while letting nature reclaim its place within the city; they finally understand the importance of nature for them: specifically, the beautiful landscape, improved quality of life, decrease in pollution, and fewer heat islands.

Tomorrow, these two very different worlds will live together in perfect harmony.

the bridge Laviolette

Humans have built a bridge between two vital spaces that connects the useful with the enjoyable while letting nature reclaim its place. Photo : © ProvinceQuebec.com

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