Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Drive Over The Bridge


This is the 'new' bridge which was built in 1970.
It is one of two that span Halifax Harbour.


Both are in constant state of repair/maintenance with the exception of the winter months,
thus the 'spot-painting' which looks like 'army issue'!


I used to drive my grandmother to bingo and every time we 
drove over the bridge and then around and under it,


she would get confused and ask what bridge that was!
It used to crack me up.....in a good way.


This bridge spans the inner harbour near Bedford Basin.(click)


As Ron was driving across the other day I was having fun


snapping away at the two towers.


The MacKay Bridge is 1.2 km long (.77 mi.).


Each tower is 96 m. (315 ft) from water to top.


The road deck at centre span is 55.2 m (181.21 ft.).


This bridge is only for cars and trucks. No pedestrians or cyclists are permitted.


Enjoy the ride? Hope you weren't afraid of heights!





20 comments:

  1. it did make me a little dizzy...not that I'm not ordinarily that way! It must get a lot of abuse from the weather/salt, etc. That is quite a lovely colour green (?) Looks like a fantastic day for a ride over the bridge!

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    1. Good morning Joanne! Just read your Monday post....thanks! Very wise words.
      Yes the bridges get a lot of weather abuse and that is why once the 'repairs' are finished, they go back to the beginning and start all over again.

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  2. I hate heights, either looking up, or being high up, but your pictorial trip was wonderful, the link equally so. Our tall trees look like they are sadly trying to imitate the bright lime green. Maybe there is a special reason for using that colour. Thanks for the great journey. Cheers from Jean

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    1. You are probably correct in saying they use this colour or a variation of it on purpose. Maybe for visibility?
      I could get myself pretty fearful of heights too, if I really allowed myself to do so. Ron is the opposite and he freaks me out when he goes bolting up a tree to get a dead limb! Makes me crazy!! I tell ya!

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  3. Actually, I am afraid of heights, but not to a very debilitating level, so this ride was rather enjoyable. Especially because of the beautiful bridge contrasting with that gorgeous blue sky! Bridges fascinate me, and I enjoy photographing them whenever I get a chance. Some of them are spectacular.

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    1. You would be number three of three so far Martha. And I would make four! I am OK if my feet are securely placed on the ground.....I remember hiking on the west coast and the trail was very near the edge of a cliff. I was OK because I was on solid ground!
      Yes, I see you attraction for bridges too. They have old covered bridges in New Brunswick and I hope to get a chance to photograph a few this summer.

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  4. Bridges really do define cities, don't they?

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    1. That they do, Debra. NY's Brooklyn Bridge comes to mind, as does SF's Golden Gate, the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.....something very powerful about all of them.

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  5. I did fine until the last picture.

    Your title threw me off, first thought was Soph.
    I'm gettin' old.

    Good Morning!

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    1. LOL! I never thought of that Sharon till you mentioned it! Sorry for the fright!
      Good morning to you too.

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  6. Great bridge shots! I can only imagine with the sea and the weather this is a constant battle to keep up! Great perspectives, and glad to hear that you were not the driver

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    1. It is indeed Jeanne. There are work crews there on the bridges from late spring to fall every year.
      LOL! I am not a multi-tasker and couldn't handle all that at once!!

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  7. Give me a bridge, a tree, a ladder and up I'll go...don't know why but heights don't phase me....is there something wrong with me?
    Ron here!

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  8. Hello Jim,
    Glad you were not driving and snapping away!! We have a few bridges and viaducts that I love driving over, even if it scares me each time!! I love the colour, most unusual...
    Ivan

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  9. Striking photos. Those colors are wild.
    Does this mean your snow is gone?

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  10. That green is fabulous I love it!

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  11. Hi Jim, I remember that great old bridge. I must admit I do miss the South Shore a lot.

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  12. How did I miss this post? I enjoyed it so much because it brought back the thrill of riding over the Alexander Murray MacKay Bridge to a little girl who WAS terrified of heights. I've improved over the years though. Thank you for sharing!

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