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The Confederation Bridge in Canada cuts ice like french fries.

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  1. Boogerprotector

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    As someone who is an islander, who has worked on the maintenance crew on the confederation bridge, my father has worked there since it opened in 1997, and I grew up with the bridge in my front yard, and I’ve never seen the ice break so… perfectly? It’s usually just a bunch of broken up ice.. neato!

    How about this one. Did you know there’s a tunnel inside the bridge, where all the electrical lies, and you can literally walk from one end to the other inside. Lighting is a bunch of old incandescent streetlights mounted in the wall. The piers are hollow and dark. Where you cross them is a few 2x4s and handrail. Creepy and don’t look down.
    Also at the east approach there is a playground resembling the old ferry boats, and a bunch of square cement blocks, numbered. I believe each block was made with each pier for core samples without leaving the shore, although they do go out on the boat (named Pier 45, a repurposed fishing vessel with a diving apparatus on the back) and go take core samples regularly.

    Each pier also used to have heavy steel shields around the base for ice breaking in the winter, a few years back these were cut off by a team of divers and dropped to the bottom of the Northumberland Strait as it would have cost way too much to remove.

    The bridge driving surface isn’t regular ashphalt. It has a rubber mixed in with it to improve traction, and was paved by a private company from Quebec.

    The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge over ice covered water.

    The Confederation Bridge is privately owned, and is monitored 24/7 by cameras, and only one short piece isn’t covered by camera. (Will not say where).

    Years back a woman from New Brunswick jumped from the bridge, attempting to commit suicide.(First time ever) It was a foggy night, and I believe around 2am when a patroller came across her car sitting in the one blind spot of the bridge with the 4ways on, nobody in sight. He could hear her screaming but couldn’t see anything in the fog and dark. He called the fire department (members were also on the maintenance crew for the bridge, and fishermen) two or three of them hopped on one of their fathers fishing boats, and went out to find her in the fog and rain, not to mention lighting on the fishing boat wasn’t meant for search and rescue. They actually found the girl and rescued her. Brought her back to the wharf where the paramedics took her to the hospital. She had a broken nose and two black eyes, I believe besides bruising and some mental issues she was mostly okay.

    It is illegal to stop on the Confederation Bridge. It is also illegal to pull over, pass another vehicle, drive over 80km/h (or posted speed limit in that area as they are variable based on weather or construction etc.), walking, bicycling, etc is also illegal on the bridge.

    The bridge operates a shuttle service year round. They have a custom made trailer to haul up to I believe 15 bikes, and have a 15 passenger van, although if there are only 3/4 passengers, the driver, who is also a patroller, will usually just take you across in the patrol truck (F-150 decked out with lights toolboxes logos etc)

    To cross the bridge in a car, pickup, or other two axle vehicle it’s around $45 one way, a motorcycle is something like $17, ambulances and rcmp have a transponder that charges their services to cross as well. If you have a trailer on you car or truck, you pay like $7/8 per axle also. I know transports and tour buses pay a lot but some have transponders and I’m not sure of cost. Shuttle users I believe are $4.
    All tolls are paid leaving Prince Edward Island, but is free to cross from New Brunswick.

    The main office for the Confederation Bridge is in Borden Carleton, PEI. This consists of the computers and IT equipment that controls all signage on the bridge, toll booths, buildings, cameras, you name it. Pay offices, and management offices are also here. There is a diesel generator room that can produce enough power to run the whole town of Borden Carleton, pop. Approx 1000 people.
    Any employees I know are unsure as to whether this generator is connected to the town grid or not, as the town already has a massive generator of its own.
    This office also has safe room, where the money is sent out to the toll booths and back via underground tubes and capsules. No money is carried by hand to or from the toll booths.
    The PEI office also used to house the control room, where the Controller on duty would monitor all the cameras on the bridge, east and west approach, toll booths and offices in PEI and NB. This is now done in New Brunswick, just off the bridge at the Cape Jourimain Nature Center, also where shuttle users wait to cross as well.

    The Controller watches all cameras, authorizes wide load crossings, dangerous goods crossings, phone calls, incident reports, things like that. They also monitor where the Patroller on duty is and the Shuttle driver (usually patroller unless it’s busy).

    Patroller crosses the bridge periodically, to check for road debris, they assist broken down vehicles, call tow trucks, advise the controller to call in the snow plow, sand or salt truck, speed sign changes, sometimes drive the shuttle, and also some patrollers are also trained to drive the plow as well.

    Toll booth workers are on 12 hour shifts, have a tv in the toll booth, are usually bilingual (English French) and are usually bored. Lol

    Maintenance crew workers also drive the snow plow, clear around buildings, cut grass, drive the sweeper truck, boom truck, perform all work on the bridge. If a diver team comes in the maintenance crew takes them out on their boat, if a paving crew comes in, maintenance still oversees it. They have their own shop, and any needed equipment is available. They have their own boom truck, sweeper truck, plow, massive loader, small tractor, 12/13 f150s stocked with tools and with roof lights, a f450 with a custom dump box, forklift, you name it they have it and if not they can get it. The crew consists of welders, carpenters, mechanics, etc. Very skilled.

    Any questions feel free to pm me, sorry I got carried away. This is my lifeblood lol

    EDIT: if I think of more, I’ll add to this under this comment! Didn’t realize there would be such interest!

    The bridge laws are enforced by RCMP.
    Patrollers are trained in Law and Security (police course) but do not carry guns or handcuffs. RCMP are nearby, and cross regularly.

    The tunnel/pathway inside the bridge, if I remember correctly, carries one of 3(?) main power cables to Prince Edward Island.

    Sorry guys, I don’t think robbing the vault is a viable option… I honestly don’t think there’s much kept in there.. just enough to keep the change for toll booths.. I believe they use a bank like most businesses lol

    As there have been a lot of people asking why the steel ice shields were removed, I really hate to give a crappy answer but I honestly don’t remember the actual reason for it besides corrosion and looking like crap. I think they were in the way of other work that needed to be done as well. I’m sorry it’s been years since they were removed..

    EDIT2: Thank you for gold, kind stranger!

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  2. lygerzero0zero

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    It took forever staring at this on my phone screen with my groggy, barely-slept mind before I figured out what I was looking at. That is one thin, long bridge.

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  3. RobbieBC

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Each pier is designed to resist a force of 3000 tons O.O

    Its largest recorded force since construction is 800 tons

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  4. juicy420jam

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I would love to see a time lapse video of this.

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  5. hokeyphenokey

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Holy shit. Toll is $47!

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  6. kelwan21

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Fitting since PEI is known for its potatoes.

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  7. lorddimwit

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    So where’s the gravy and cheese curds?

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  8. Take2Chance

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    So weird seeing people talk about where I live. I feel relevant today lol

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  9. BasketCaseOnHoliday1

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Hey PEI! I live in Nova Scotia not too far away from it, and it’s always cool seeing our little unknown corner of Canada (AKA the Atlantic provinces) gain some traction on Reddit or anywhere for that matter.

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  10. mMmZar

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Those are some thick fries lol

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  11. ttubbster

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    This is how Canada produces and exports Ice Rinks across the country.

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  12. mrshatnertoyou

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

  13. Immo406

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    > C$47.00 two-axle automobile

    >$8.00 per extra axle

    >$18.50 motorcycle

    >$8.75 bicycle (transported by shuttle vehicle)

    >$4.25 pedestrian (transported by shuttle vehicle)

    >(Paid westbound-only : leaving PEI)

    Fuckin hell.

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  14. Wheffle

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    And now I’ve read the wikipedia articles on the Confederation Bridge and Northumberland Strait. TIL a bunch of random stuff about Canada.

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  15. s4lt3d

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Serious question. Does cutting the ice like this affect how quickly it melts? If so, does that increase the average temperature of the water in the area?

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  16. toppdoggcan

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    As long as it doesn’t pizza when its supposed to French fry

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  17. norbythefounder

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    G’day fellow Islanders. There’s dozens of us on here, dozens 🥔

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  18. ELaskanator

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    OMG this needs a timelapse

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  19. xxpired_milk

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Last time I went camping in PEI a few friends and I went to the pub one night. An ol feller, a local, asked where we were from. We then asked if he had ever been to our city and province, his response, “are ya fucking kidding me boy I can’t afford to pay 40 dollars to get off this God damn rock!”.

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  20. MrQuickLine

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    #If you’re ever planning to visit PEI in the summer…

    Let me give you an insider’s scoop. The big tourist beach is Cavendish beach, and it’s really not that great. The sand isn’t particularly nice, and it gets busy and dirty. You get very little room to yourself on the sand. SKIP IT.

    Just north of the Confederation Bridge, about 15-20 minutes outside of Summerside, you’ll find [Chelton Provincial Park](https://goo.gl/maps/CDeNSxwLin72)

    This place is BEAUTIFUL. It’s much less busy, it’s the beautiful stereotypical PEI red sand, and when the tide goes out, the beach is huuuuge. You can walk very far out. The sand is all little tiny sand dunes that are comfortable on the feet. All over the place, there are shallow tidal pools that warm up in the sun – very nice to just sit in with the kids while they play with the hermit crabs.

    It’s a beautiful, beautiful place.

    EDIT: ALSO for the summer, [Frosty Treat-s-](https://goo.gl/maps/ps2krteDMr82)

    EDIT 2: OMG I GET IT! BASIN HEAD!

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  21. Mattprime86

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    The fuck kinda French fries you eating?

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  22. you-farted

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    My Grampy worked on this! ❤

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  23. SeizedCheese

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Man those pillars are strong as FUCK

    Engineering is amazing

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  24. Shermthedank

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Nearly posted this last night. Read the rules, did not take the picture myself, decided to post in r/pics instead. Got 37 upvotes. Fuck the rules next time

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  25. Atlas_84

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    MFC Represent!

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  26. Anonymous

    January 12, 2018 at 11:33 pm

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