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M.D. Steele wins $40M contract to rehab St. Andrews Lock and Dam near Winnipeg

By On-Site Staff   


A unique dam on the Red River in Lockport, Man. is getting an overhaul as it approaches its seventh decade.

The federal government awarded M.D. Steele Construction Ltd. a $40 million contract June 30 for the rehabilitation of the St. Andrews Lock and Dam (SALD).

Built in 1951, the Camere-style dam is the last moveable dam of its kind in the world, Public Services and Procurement Canada said. It uses 89 movable curtains control the flow of water.

The upgrade and rehabilitation work on the dam complex, which also includes a lock, fish ladder and bridge, focusses mainly on the bridge. M.D. Steele is tasked with replacing the bridge deck on the main span with wider lanes, repairing and strengthening the approach spans to allow for higher load limits and adding accessible ramps on both ends of the bridge.


The SALD will continue to regulate the water level on the Red River during construction.

Manitoba general contractor is scheduled to start work this summer and complete the upgrades by fall 2022.


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