Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Photo: City of Bridges

For such a small city, both geographically and population-wise, New Westminster has a lot of bridges - but really, that's mostly a function of Surrey being on the other side of the Fraser River. Three of those bridges make their crossing at roughly the same point, a little bit east of downtown New Westminster, and they each call back to a different point in time and different architectural style.

From left to right, there's the New Westminster Bridge - the first one to cross the river, and rail-only since 1937; the Pattullo Bridge, which is the main road link to Surrey in this area, and being that it was built in the 30s I would really not want to be on it during an earthquake; and the SkyBridge, the newest of the three, which carries the SkyTrain's Expo Line across to Surrey.

I have to say I'm curious about the graffiti that's visible on the underside of the Pattullo Bridge. Specifically, how long it's been there, and what precautions the taggers had to take to keep the weight of their balls from making them fall.

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