Ambassador Bridge, Detroit & Windsor

Like the Thousand Islands Bridge, the Ambassador Bridge is a suspension bridge, but I think it’s the first one I’ve seen with the suspenders on only one side of the towers. It’s at least the first one I’ve noticed. Two great, honking cables stretch back on the other side of each tower, presumably to counterbalance the load. Or something like that.

When it was finished in 1929, it had the longest central suspended span in the world. And it still looked pretty long, when I was standing underneath it just last week on a pier apparently built just to allow people to get underneath it. Like the good folks in Charleston (and unlike Savannah), Windsor appears to understand that it’s worthwhile making it easy to take photos of a signature bridge.

Ambassador Bridge from river level, underneath main spanThese long bridges are a photographic challenge, and it was fun looking for interesting views of this one.

Detroit side of Ambassador Bridge at sunset

Windsor side of Ambassador Bridge at sunset

Ambassador Bridge at sunset, trhough railing along riverwalk


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5 Responses to Ambassador Bridge, Detroit & Windsor

  1. Barry says:

    I have another strange one that you should make a diversion for:
    The Sundial Bridge (also known as the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay) is a cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge for bicycles and pedestrians that spans the Sacramento River in Redding, California, United States and forms a large sundial.

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    Both the new Port Mann bridge and the Alex Fraser bridge over the Fraser, at New Westminster, might be worth your camera the next time you’re out this way. Or if you’re out this way….

    JIm T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – I do still get out to Vancouver from time to time, so will add these to my list. I’ve “done” the Lions Gate Bridge (daylight and after dark) so am ready for some new subjects there.

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