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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

News Bridges

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

News Bridges

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

News BridgesConstruction

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

News BridgesConstruction

Opening of Champlain Bridge delayed up to six months

October 25, 2018 by David Kennedy

Despite “significant” progress on construction, the six-kilometre span will not open Dec. 21

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Rural municipality chose cheaper design option for collapsed Sask. bridge

October 17, 2018 Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

REGINA—The Saskatchewan municipality where a newly built bridge collapsed hours after opening had been approved for $750,000 in provincial funding to go toward construction, but opted for a less expensive design, a rural leader says. The Dyck Memorial Bridge in

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Trudeau, Gov. Rick Snyder discuss possibility of accelerated timelines for Gordie Howe bridge

October 5, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

WINDSOR, Ont.—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to speed up the six-year timeline to construct the long-awaited Gordie Howe International Bridge. Trudeau was in Windsor, Ont. Oct. 5 with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, among others,

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Bridging Canada’s busiest road: Crews cap off distinctive pedestrian span over Ontario Hwy. 401

October 2, 2018 David Kennedy

Leapfrogging 14 of the busiest traffic lanes in the country, six railway tracks and a city street, the pedestrian bridge over Highway 401 in Pickering, Ont. is one of the longest enclosed footbridges in the world. After nearly eight protracted

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Gordie Howe bridge to cost $5.7 billion; set to open by end of 2024

October 1, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA—Getting to the Sept. 28 announcement of the final price tag for the long-sought span has been laden with political potholes

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No geotech study done on Saskatchewan bridge that collapsed hours after opening

September 25, 2018 Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

HYAS, Sask.—A reeve in eastern Saskatchewan says no geotechnical investigation was performed on a riverbed where a newly built bridge collapsed only hours after opening. The Dyck Memorial Bridge in the Rural Municipality of Clayton opened to traffic on the

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Florence’s deluge testing South Carolina infrastructure

September 19, 2018 Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The torrential rains from Florence will test South Carolina’s infrastructure, which failed under historic flooding in 2015. The devastating 2015 floods contributed to 19 deaths and crippled parts of the capital city, Columbia, for months. The state’s infrastructure, weakened

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New bridge collapses into river hours after opening in rural Saskatchewan

September 19, 2018 Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press

HYAS, Sask.—A rural politician in eastern Saskatchewan says he’s at a loss to explain why a newly built bridge collapsed just hours after opening. Reeve Duane Hicks said the Dyck Memorial Bridge in the Rural Municipality of Clayton looked good

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Canadian roads would stretch to the Moon and back… nearly

August 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Cobble together all of Canada’s highways, arterials, local roads and laneways and they could take you to the Moon—though they’d fall just short of getting you back, assuming you couldn’t backtrack along the same, equally implausible strip of asphalt. Publicly-owned