Highway 50 was the first in Canada to be built in Canada, in 1908.
It crossed the St. Lawrence River in 1882 and was completed in 1910.
Highway 80 was built in 1911 to replace Highway 50 and was the last of the three bridges built before Highway 85 opened in 1970.
Now, Highway 80 is about to open to the public, but it won’t be the only bridge in the province to reopen.
Highway 100 opened to traffic on Friday, June 30, and Highway 50 will open to cyclists on Monday, July 10.
The remaining two bridges, Highway 85 and Highway 80, are still closed.
The new bridges will replace the aging Highway 50 bridge in downtown St. Paul, and they will be a welcome change for cyclists who have been frustrated with traffic at the intersection of Highway 50 with Highway 80.
The bridge was completed back in 1914 and was originally built for freight traffic.
The highway was closed in the 1980s to allow the construction of the highway bridge over the Stony Plain, and the highway has since been reopened to traffic.