The 12.9 km (nine miles) Confederation Bridge joins Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, and is the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. The bridge operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The bridge opened on May 31, 1997. It is 11 metres wide, and carries two lanes of traffic each 3.75 metres wide with an emergency shoulder lane 1.75 metres wide for each direction of traffic.
The normal travelling speed is 80 km/h and it takes approximately ten minutes to cross. Overtaking and passing are not permitted.
Vehicles carrying dangerous goods and special loads are required to report to the Bridge Control Centre to receive crossing information.
A round trip bridge toll is paid when leaving Prince Edward Island.
Pedestrians and Cyclists
A shuttle service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for pedestrians and cyclists on a load-and-go basis. There is ample room for baggage and bicycles. Children less than 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
The bridge is privately maintained, managed and operated by Strait Crossing Ltd. and its subsidiary company Strait Crossing Bridge Ltd.