The contract for the substructure of the C.P.R. railroad bridge was let January 24th, 1910 to J.D. McArthur and Company. Work was expected to begin in a short time however; plans were not completed yet and were held up waiting for a decision from the Provincial Government as to whether it would build an attachment traffic bridge.

Toward the end of 1911 when the substructure was nearing completion, the Provincial Government had not arrived at a decision. The C.P.R. then decided to re-machine the steel from the old Lachine Bridge from Quebec and use it in Outlook. This super structure was not suitable for attaching a traffic bridge.

When the large excavation from the main abutment on the east side of the river was completed, the bridge would be three quarters of a mile long and over 156 feet high and cost one million dollars. This structure would then be the second largest railway bridge in Canada.

In August, the river began to rise to a level five feet above normal. A hole was cut in the west pier to allow water out to protect the Cofferdam from the raging currents. In December 1911 the workmen were able to get a lot done due to the warm weather. Seven of the immense girders were put into position having only five spans left to do. In 1912 the footbridge was removed much to the dismay of the people. It was used by the workmen going to and from work.

The bridge was formally opened October 23rd, 1912. The first train to cross the bridge came from the west. It consisted of 29 cars loaded with wheat. Then safely across, the engineer blew the whistle, as did the other engines responding in the yard.

The last official train to cross the bridge was on March 16th, 1987.

 

 

At the time of construction, these were the highest concrete piers in the world.

 
 
     
 

 

Each structure required more than 20,000 bags of Portland cement.

 
 
     
 

 

The bridge structure sitting atop the 9 piers was originally across the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, constructed in 1885. This portion of the bridge was taken apart, moved and re-assembled at Outlook in 1911.

 
 
     
 

 

The viaduct is 3000 feet in length, combining 9 piers and 9 approach structures.

 
 
     
 

 

The bridge deck is 150 feet above the water, making it one of the highest in the prairie provinces.

 
 
     
 

 

The longest pedestrian bridge in Canada is now an integral part of the Trans Canada Trail in Saskatchewan.