The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.
The majority of construction of the Confederation Bridge was carried out at on-shore staging facilities in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Construction began on October 7, 1993 and the bridge officially opened on May 31, 1997. The staging facility in PEI was where the main bridge components – including pier bases, shafts, main girders and drop-in girders, were produced. At peak production, 2,079 craft workers and 415 staff were employed in building the bridge. In total, more than 5,000 people were employed during the construction phase of the project. The total cost of construction was one billion dollars and it is the longest bridge in the world crossing ice-covered water.