Saint Leonard–Van Buren Bridge

The Saint Leonard–Van Buren Bridge is an international bridge, which connects the communities of St. Leonard, New Brunswick in Canada and Van Buren, Maine in the United States,[1] across the Saint John River.[2]

Saint Leonard–Van Buren Bridge
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Bridge over the Saint John River with Van Buren in the background
Coordinates47°09′35″N 67°55′51″W / 47.1597°N 67.9309°W / 47.1597; -67.9309
CrossesSt. John River
DesignerElmer E. Greenwood
Opened1912 (1912)

Transport Canada estimated the bridge's traffic at 272,425 vehicles annually in 2006.

Border crossingEdit

The Van Buren - St. Leonard Border Crossing is located at the Saint Leonard – Van Buren Bridge on the Canada–United States border. During the 19th century, hand-pulled ferry service connected these two cities. In 2008, a flood of the Saint John River severely damaged the Van Buren border station.[3]


The bridge was first constructed in 1911, replacing a cable ferry, and opened in 1912.[4] It was designed and construction overseen by Elmer E. Greenwood, who was the principal bridge designer for the state of Maine from the period 1904–1916. The current structure replaced the original bridge in 1972.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Town of Van Buren, ME". Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  2. ^ "St Leonard-Van Buren Bridge". Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Construction of new Van Buren border station to detour traffic for 3 days". Bangor Daily News. September 28, 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  4. ^ "Maine Memory Network - Van Buren to Saint Leonard Bridge" (photo). Maine Memory Network. c. 1930. Retrieved 27 February 2016.

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Coordinates: 47°09′34.92″N 67°55′51.24″W / 47.1597000°N 67.9309000°W / 47.1597000; -67.9309000