21 Mar 11
Canada pledges funds for key Montreal bridges
The government of Canada has announced funding of US$231 million to Jacques Cartier & Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) r upgrading of its bridges.
Over the next three years, the Government of Canada will contribute US$160 million for the Champlain Bridge corridor and US$71 million for other JCCBI structures, such as the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Honoré Mercier Bridge, the Melocheville Tunnel and the Champlain Bridge ice control structure. The funds will be used for safety repairs and asset preservation.
In 2009, JCCBI and the Quebec Ministry of Transportation undertook a pre-feasibility study to examine the future of the Champlain Bridge. When the Government of Canada receives the final report, it will review its findings and consider all options, including replacing the Champlain Bridge. Until then, additional repair work will be required to ensure that the existing Champlain Bridge can continue to carry safely the volume of traffic forecast in the coming years.