MONTREAL, Oct. 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Safe and efficient transportation corridors, such as the new Champlain Bridge project, facilitate trade and create well-paying jobs for the middle class while improving connections across road networks and the continuous and safe flow of people and goods.
Infrastructure Canada participated this morning in an update on the construction of the new Champlain Bridge with its private partner, Signature on the Saint Lawrence (SSL) and The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), which is responsible for managing the existing Champlain Bridge.
The project update highlighted the many areas of progress on the worksites of the new Champlain Bridge since its launch in June 2015:
As mentioned during the update, the schedule for the new Champlain Bridge project has been put under pressure, due notably to challenges related to the transportation of oversized pieces and more recently, the summer 2017 strikes that affected the Quebec construction sector.
Despite major progress recently at the worksite, the Government of Canada is taking all the steps necessary to ensure that the safety of the existing Champlain Bridge is not compromised in any way, while maintaining uninterrupted service for users and ensuring sound management of public funds.
In order to have a complete understanding of the situation in the event of a delay, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities asked JCCBI to assess the possibility of extending the length of service of the existing Champlain Bridge.
In light of the challenges facing the project and the evaluation prepared by JCCBI's expert consultant, the government is supportive of SSL's decision to implement acceleration measures in order to complete the bridge in December 2018, as originally planned.
"I am pleased with the progress at the worksites of the new Champlain Bridge in the past few months. The safety of users of the Greater Montreal road is a priority for the Government of Canada as is ensuring continuity of service for users and sound management of public funds."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
To learn more about the New Champlain Bridge Project: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nbsl-npsl/index-eng.html and http://www.newchamplain.ca/
Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated: http://jacquescartierchamplain.ca/?lang=en
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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