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Ground breaks on le des Soeurs temporary bridge project

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October 3, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

Ground has officially been broken for the île des Soeurs temporary causeway-bridge in Verdun, Que.

The bypass will be in place until the île des Soeurs Bridge has been permanently replaced as part of the construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence. Work on the temporary causeway-bridge is expected to be completed by 2015.

Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, said The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. (JCCBI) is currently carrying out work to ensure that the bridge remains safe.

He added that the federal government is accelerating construction of the new bridge.

“We will allocate the necessary resources to accelerate the Champlain Bridge maintenance program to ensure that it continues to be safe until the new bridge is in service,” he said.  “In addition, we are developing an action plan to accelerate the in-service date of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence, originally planned for 2021.”

The Government of Canada announced on Oct. 5, 2011 that it would be building a new infrastructure to replace the Champlain Bridge. This bridge is one of the busiest in Canada, with $20 billion worth of international trade crossing it every year.

For more information visit www.tc.gc.ca/nbfsl

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