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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

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Kiewit wins contract to build $180M Third Crossing Bridge in Kingston, Ont.

August 24, 2018 by David Kennedy

KINGSTON, Ont.—Early construction on a major new bridge over the Cataraqui River at Kingston, Ont. is set to get underway this fall. The City of Kingston announced the project team for the $180 million bridge Aug. 22. It tapped a

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Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 per cent months before it collapsed

August 22, 2018 Colleen Barry And Andrea Rosa, The Associated Press

GENOA, Italy—Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge’s strength by 20 per cent — a finding that came months before it collapsed, Italian media reported Aug. 20.

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A burnt bridge? Not for Aecon as contractor cleared to rejoin Gordie Howe project

August 15, 2018 by David Kennedy

The company withdrew from the winning construction consortium at the tail end of the RFP stage. With the China takeover now dead, it’s stepping back in

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Italy declares state of emergency for Genoa following collapse of decades-old concrete bridge

August 14, 2018 Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

GENOA, Italy—The Italian Cabinet has approved a 12-month state of emergency for Genoa after a key highway bridge collapsed August 14, killing at least 39 people. The bridge gave way during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 50 metres

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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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Closing the loop: Builders of Calgary ring road moving rivers to stay on schedule

August 9, 2018 Saul Chernos

Calgary’s new ring road is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged loop. Northeast and northwest sections opened to motorists wanting to bypass the city in 2009, and a southeast section was added four years later. If all goes

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N.B. residents fight to save beloved “kissing bridges” from concrete or steel replacements

July 30, 2018 Alex Cooke, The Canadian Press

RIVERVIEW, N.B.—Raymond Boucher says if you haven’t shared a kiss beneath the beams of a covered bridge, you’re missing out. A longtime New Brunswick resident, Boucher has fond memories of travelling through two covered bridges with the woman who would

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New infrastructure minister eyes ways to speed up Champlain bridge work

July 23, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The bridge’s December deadline appears murkier as Francois-Philippe Champagne says he is not sure construction can be sped up enough to make up for lost time

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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new international bridge

July 18, 2018 Corey Williams, The Associated Press

DETROIT—U.S. and Canadian officials touted the friendship between the two countries while acknowledging the economic benefits a new international bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will bring. A groundbreaking for the advance construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge was

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Construction starts on temporary replacement for collapsed bridge in Port Bruce, Ont.

July 17, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

PORT BRUCE, Ont.—Construction is underway on a temporary span to replace Imperial Road bridge in Port Bruce, Ont., which collapsed late February after heavy rain and snowmelt flooded the region. A gravel-filled dump truck was driving across the 54-year-old concrete

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Feds pick construction team for multibillion-dollar Gordie Howe bridge project

July 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

The WDBA has tapped a preferred proponent to design, build, operate and maintain the major P3 project

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$2.3M bridge replacement project in Hedley, B.C. begins

July 4, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

HEDLEY, B.C.—A bridge replacement project has started in Hedley, B.C., 29 kilometres west of Keremeos, B.C. Langley, B.C.-based Dorosh Construction was awarded the $2.3-million contract to replace Hedley Bridge. The nearly 70-year-old structure will be dismantled, and a new two-lane,

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Construction of new N.W.T. bridge, study of ambitious Mackenzie Valley Highway project moving forward

July 4, 2018 by David Kennedy

YELLOWKNIFE—Construction on a bridge over the Great Bear River in central Northwest Territories and a study looking at the feasibility of a wider project to build a new all-season road along hundreds of miles of the Mackenzie Valley are going

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Gordie Howe bridge overseer picks new CEO, plans to start construction this fall

June 28, 2018 by David Kennedy

OTTAWA—Official construction on the new bridge connecting Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich. is set to begin this fall, according to the crown corporation responsible for the project. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) said work on advanced construction across the U.S.

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Liberals set hiring, procurement stipulations for federally funded projects

June 22, 2018 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

The so-called community benefits program aims to give Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants a larger stake in Ottawa’s major infrastructure spending plan