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Montreal’s new Champlain bridge fully open as old bridge heads for brief retirement, deconstruction

July 2, 2019 The Canadian Press

The ailing 57-year-old bridge required numerous late-life fixes to keep it functional while construction progressed on its modern replacement

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Montreal’s new, $4.4B Champlain bridge opens to first traffic

June 24, 2019 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Six months late and millions of dollars over budget, Montreal’s new Samuel De Champlain Bridge opened to northbound traffic early June 24, officially beginning the replacement of its crumbling but very busy predecessor. Federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was riding

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Montreal’s new Champlain bridge to open July 1, but builders could be on the hook for millions for late finish

June 17, 2019 David Kennedy, with files from The Canadian Press

After four years of construction, work on the new $4.2 billion Samuel De Champlain Bridge has entered its final weeks, but the question of penalties for the major delay remains

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Nova Scotia’s 4,200 bridges need more monitoring: auditor general

May 28, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Nova Scotia’s auditor general says the province’s bridges must be improved more quickly and monitored more effectively. In a audit released May 28, Michael Pickup found the Transportation Department isn’t providing its managers with the information needed to make decisions

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Feds putting up $345.4M to extend Autoroute 19, rehabilitate Montreal bridge

May 16, 2019 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Three infrastructure jobs, including a major project to extend Quebec Autoroute 19 north of Laval, Que., have secured the backing of the federal government. François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was in the Montreal suburb of Bois-des-Filion May

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Environmental nod keeps B.C.’s $1.4B Pattullo bridge on track for construction to start this year

May 7, 2019 by David Kennedy

SURREY, B.C.—Plans to start work on a replacement for the Pattullo Bridge that connects Surrey to New Westminster, B.C. took a step forward May 2 as the province’s ministers of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Municipal Affairs and Housing

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Ontario issues RFQ for major bridge rehab project along QEW in Mississauga, Ont.

April 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

The six-lane bridge is a vital link between Toronto and Hamilton. Recent investigations determined the 85-year-old structure is in “major” need of repair or replacement

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Shovels expected in the ground this year on project to build new bridge, twin Hwy. 15 northeast of Edmonton

March 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

EDMONTON—A project to twin a stretch of Alberta Highway 15 and build a new bridge over the North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton is expected to start this spring. The province says traffic crossing the current two-lane Highway 15 bridge

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Aecon, EllisDon and Flatiron win major contracts for work on Calgary’s ring road

March 6, 2019 by David Kennedy

CALGARY—The long-running project to encircle Alberta’s largest city with a high-volume bypass has entered its final leg. The province said March 5 that it has finalized two contracts with three construction companies that will nearly wrap-up work on the 101-kilometre

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As new Champlain Bridge nears completion, feds prepare for $400M project to tear down old bridge

February 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

The steel truss cantilever bridge has carried traffic over the St. Lawrence River for more than 50 years

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Trio of build teams shortlisted for B.C.’s $1.4B Pattullo Bridge contract

February 15, 2019 by David Kennedy

Construction is scheduled to start on the new four-lane span later this year

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SNC-Lavalin faces criminal probe over Montreal bridge contract, documents reveal

February 13, 2019 Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—Quebec prosecutors are working with the RCMP on the possibility of new criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin tied to a contract to refurbish Montreal’s Jacques Cartier Bridge, court documents show. In December, Quebec court approved a request by prosecutors to retain

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Quebec City consumed by debate over new span across St. Lawrence that could cost up to $10B

January 7, 2019 Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL—In car-loving Quebec City, residents can’t stop talking about what’s become known as the “third link” — a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River. Newspapers and talk radio stations are consumed by the debate, and journalists regularly

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LafargeHolcim wins contract for major highway project in Vancouver

December 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

VANCOUVER—The Canadian arm of multinational construction materials firm LafargeHolcim has won a contract worth more than $100 million to serve as the prime contractor on a major highway project at the northern end of Metro Vancouver. The B.C. government announced

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Crews complete main structure of new Champlain bridge as project drifts past original deadline

December 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

MONTREAL—Construction crews at the Champlain bridge job site marked a project milestone Dec. 19, but it wasn’t the Christmas present many in Montreal has been hoping for. The event, held two days before the bridge’s original Dec. 21 completion date,

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B.C. ditches plan for $3.5B Massey Bridge, stays mum on timeline, cost of alternatives

December 18, 2018 Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

The bridge was designed to replace the 59-year-old George Massey Tunnel. Construction started in 2017 before being halted when the NDP came to power

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Canadian construction outlook positive for 2019, but last year’s setbacks could cast a long shadow

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

With no rose-coloured glasses necessary, the outlook for the construction industry in 2019 remains positive, if somewhat tepid. Near-record employment, six-straight quarters of higher spending in the non-residential segment and progress on several major projects have bolstered confidence this fall

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Sicamous, B.C. bridge replacement receives $225M in federal, provincial funding

November 19, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

SICAMOUS, B.C.—A project to replace the aging R.W. Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous, B.C. is one step closer to completion. The federal and provincial governments announced $224.5 million in joint funding Nov. 16 to swap out the more than 50-year-old structure

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Gordie Howe bridge chief expects to have ‘dirt moving’ by spring

November 14, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Construction may be officially underway on the Gordie Howe International Bridge in both Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich., but it’s geotech crews out on the Detroit River and engineers working to finalize the new bridge’s design that will be logging

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Aecon takes advantage of ‘robust’ infrastructure market to secure record backlog

October 26, 2018 by David Kennedy

TORONTO—Canadian construction firm Aecon Group Inc. has a built up a record project backlog nine months into 2018. The contractor credited a “robust” infrastructure market, as well as its “diverse” capabilities, for the $7 billion in work currently on its