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Acciona, Aecon finalize contract to build new $1.4B Pattullo Bridge in Vancouver area

February 11, 2020 by David Kennedy

Construction firms Acciona and Aecon Group Inc. have firmed up a $967.5 million contract to build a new four-lane bridge to replace the aging Pattullo Bridge between New Westminster and Surrey, B.C. The province’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure singled

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Crews complete latest 60-metre addition to Calgary’s building-to-building bridge network

January 18, 2020 by David Kennedy

The biggest challenge on construction projects isn’t always the complexity of the build. More often than not, the compact nature of a site, logistical issues or coordinating traffic present equally forbidding obstacles. A multimillion-dollar project to build the latest addition

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‘Accelerated deterioration’ prompts Calgary to abruptly close pedestrian bridge

December 28, 2019 The Canadian Press

CALGARY—Officials have abruptly closed a pedestrian bridge that connects an island park in Calgary with the city’s downtown after getting the results of a recent inspection. A news release from the city says the Jaipur Bridge, which is one of

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Aecon, Acciona selected as preferred proponent to build $1.4B Pattullo bridge

December 20, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

The $1.377 billion replacement project is scheduled to open in 2023.

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More than 80-year-old highway bridge west of Toronto spared tear down as province pledges to rehabilitate

December 18, 2019 by David Kennedy

A historically significant and vitally important bridge that carries the Queen Elizabeth Way over the Credit River just west of Toronto has be spared from the wrecking ball. Earlier this year, the province shortlisted three construction teams to either tear

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Early construction on Gordie Howe bridge progressing, footings for main towers to be installed over winter

November 27, 2019 by David Kennedy

All four of the $5.7 billion project’s main components, including the 2.5-kilometre bridge itself, are progressing simultaneously and on schedule

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Construction team to miss deadline to hand over final elements of new Champlain Bridge project

October 29, 2019 On-Site Staff

The main component of the Samuel De Champlain Bridge Corridor project — the new bridge itself — opened to vehicle traffic at the beginning of July, while several pieces of the wider project were scheduled to reach completion by Oct.

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Infracon, Eiffage win $104.6M bridge contract tied to B.C.’s Site C dam project

October 29, 2019 by David Kennedy

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has awarded a major bridge and highway realignment project to a joint venture led by French contractor Eiffage and Vancouver-based Infracon. The $104.6 million contract covers a new bridge on Highway 29 over

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From the editor… Sprucing up a piece of construction history

October 8, 2019 by David Kennedy

It’s old, plenty rusty and somewhat less refined than the far newer suspension bridge that stands beside it. But even after a century of wear and tear, the Quebec Bridge is something to behold. It’s worth hanging onto and it’s worth

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‘Nation-building’ or folly? Project to build costly tunnel between Labrador and Newfoundland resurfaces

October 3, 2019 Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—The federal Liberals’ campaign platform has rekindled discussions of a costly proposal to build a tunnel connecting the island of Newfoundland to Labrador. The platform released Sept. 29 makes only one specific reference to Newfoundland and Labrador, in

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New Brunswick starts work on $45M project to replace two bridges along key forestry route

September 26, 2019 On-Site Staff

Work to replace a pair of aging bridges on Highway 10 in central New Brunswick is set to begin in the small community of Coles Island. The province set aside $45 million for the project in April 2018 and has

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2,300 pigeons killed, 635,000 kilograms of bird poop cleared in Saskatoon bridge fix

September 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

SASKATOON—The City of Saskatoon says about 2,300 pigeons have been killed as part of a project to rehabilitate a major bridge. The city says the dead birds have been removed from the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge along with 635,000 kilograms

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Alberco wins $55M contract to build new bridge over North Saskatchewan River northeast of Edmonton

August 23, 2019 by David Kennedy

FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta.—The Alberta Ministry of Transportation has awarded a $55 million construction contract for the second phase of a highway twinning project northeast of Edmonton. Alberco Construction Ltd. will be responsible for building a new bridge over the North

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Three build teams shortlisted for major bridge project on western edge of Toronto

August 13, 2019 by David Kennedy

Coco Paving, Dufferin Construction, EllisDon, Kiewit and Spanish contractor Ferrovial Agromán are all in the running for the contract to replace an aging six-lane bridge along the QEW

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Staying on target: Fall election looms as federal infrastructure plan progresses in fits and starts

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

In the early morning hours of June 24, a few minutes before sunrise, a small convoy of cars drives slowly across the freshly paved asphalt deck of Montreal’s new Samuel de Champlain Bridge. With the deep blue of twilight still

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B.C. Supreme Court to hear construction groups’ challenge to province’s Community Benefits Agreement

July 24, 2019 by David Kennedy

The contentious labour rules have already been to put work on numerous big-ticket jobs, such as a major widening project on the Trans-Canada Highway and the new Pattullo Bridge

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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