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Port Mann Superbridge and PMH1 Construction Toys!

The biggest infrastructure project in the history of British Columbia, Canada, is the construction of the Port Mann Superbridge, the widest bridge in the world, and the associated expansion of 35 km of freeway and interchanges.
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One of several heavy equipment movers active around the clock on the Port Mann Highway 1 project. This one has just dropped off a couple of pieces of road paving equipment at the Cape Horn Interchange.

One of several heavy equipment movers active around the clock on the Port Mann Highway 1 project. This one has just dropped off a couple of pieces of road paving equipment at the Cape Horn Interchange.

Old bridge, new bridge. The original Port Mann Bridge, a through steel arch, was opened in 1964. It will be demolished during 2013. The Superbridge opens in 2012 with service on eight of its ten lanes. The remaining two can only be completed after the original bridge has been removed.

Old bridge, new bridge. The original Port Mann Bridge, a through steel arch, was opened in 1964. It will be demolished during 2013. The Superbridge opens in 2012 with service on eight of its ten lanes. The remaining two can only be completed after the original bridge has been removed.

Kiewit-Flatiron fuel and maintenance truck. These vehicles are often seen early in the morning and just ahead of the overnight shift when their drivers fuel earth moving equipment along the PMH1 project route.

Kiewit-Flatiron fuel and maintenance truck. These vehicles are often seen early in the morning and just ahead of the overnight shift when their drivers fuel earth moving equipment along the project route.

Crescent moon between the pillars of the superbridge with the steel arch of the old bridge in the foreground. (C) 2012 P. Vogel

Crescent moon between the pillars of the superbridge with the steel arch of the old bridge in the foreground. (C) 2012 P.

Northbound on the original Port Mann Bridge, entering the steel arch. The north pillar of the new superbridge is at the left.

Northbound on the original Port Mann Bridge, entering the steel arch. The north pillar of the new superbridge is at the left.

Kiewit-Flatiron's SR-90 Soilmec soil compacting machine folded up for transport to another location on the PMH1 project.

Kiewit-Flatiron's Soilmec soil compacting machine folded up for transport to another location on the project.

North pillar as seen from the original Port Mann steel arch bridge.

Northbound on the original Port Mann Bridge, entering the steel arch. The north pillar of the new superbridge is at the left.

A lonely crawler crane sitting on shore, just off the temporary roadway built out to the north pillar of the new bridge.

A lonely crawler crane sitting on shore, just off the temporary roadway built out to the north pillar of the new bridge.

Cable stays of the Superbridge with the steel arch of the original bridge in the background.

Cable stays of the Superbridge with the steel arch of the original bridge in the background.

The DEAL travelling gantry crane as seen from the approach to the new bridge.

The DEAL travelling gantry crane as seen from the approach to the new bridge.

Here's how it looks on unofficial opening day. Wide lanes, albeit only three open.

Here's how it looks on unofficial opening day. Wide lanes, albeit only three open.

Unofficial opening day ... first cars headed across the Superbridge. Three lanes only, and only eastbound.

first cars headed across the Superbridge. Three lanes only, and only eastbound.

Massive Liebherr 892 used for pile driving operations at various locations along the PMH1 project route.

Massive Liebherr 892 used for pile driving operations at various locations along the project route.

The travelling gantry crane viewed from underneath. A section of "rocks" needs to be attached to the exposed pillar here but the deck of the existing Port Mann Bridge encroaches on the required path here.

The travelling gantry crane viewed from underneath. A section of "rocks" needs to be attached to the exposed pillar here but the deck of the existing Port Mann Bridge encroaches on the required path here.

The DEAL travelling gantry in the background and a Liebherr drilling rig in the foreground being used to install new waterlines under the river, between Coquitlam and Surrey.

The DEAL travelling gantry in the background and a Liebherr drilling rig in the foreground being used to install new waterlines under the river, between Coquitlam and Surrey.

A Kiewit-Flatiron dump truck passes in front of the Manitowoc heavy-lifting crane.

A Kiewit-Flatiron dump truck passes in front of the Manitowoc heavy-lifting crane.

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