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Champlain bridge project takes next step


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July 17, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Government of Canada has issued a request for proposals for 3D terrain modelling and land surveying services for construction of a new bridge for the St. Lawrence River.

The new infrastructure will replace one of the busiest bridges in Canada: the Champlain Bridge. The six-kilometre bridge connects mainland Montreal to its southern shores and sees more than $20 billion worth of international trade cross it every year.

The request for proposals seeks to support the technical aspects of the project such as aerial photography, surveys by 3D laser scanning on land, and manipulation of data collected to develop digital models of terrain and existing infrastructures in the project area.

Plans to supplant the 51-year-old bridge have been ongoing since October 2011 following an announcement from Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Denis Lebel.

“Building a new bridge for the St. Lawrence continues to be a priority for the Government of Canada. Digital 3D terrain models are essential tools for the next steps in the design of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence,” he said. “The project is progressing well and we are keeping to the schedules. We are having regular discussions with key stakeholders, and are working on the environmental assessment and the business case.”

The contract award is expected to be announced in September.

The request for proposals is posted at www.buyandsell.gc.ca


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