Work starts on the new Champlain Bridge
Wednesday morning Denis Lebel , Canada's Minister for Infrastructure, was on hand for the first day of work on a new temporary causeway-bridge for Nuns Island. It will cost 70 million dollars and will be ready by 2015.
The causeway, being the key link between main highways and the Champlain Bridge, kicks off work on the new Champlain bridge project.
On that topic, Lebel says engineering firm Buckland and Taylor handed him a report on September 26, saying work to solidify the beams on the existing bridge needs to be completed.
“We’re going to be installing a fiber glass tissue that is applied on the exterior of the beams, to reinforce them,” Glen Carlin with the Champlain and Jacques Cartier Bridge Corporation said.
The report also suggests that construction of the new bridge be accelerate so it opens before the projected date of 2021.
“I have asked our teams to look at the agenda and if we can be quicker that’s what we’ll be doing,” Denis Lebel said.
Lebel also confirmed, once again, that there will be tolls on the new bridge. Details on cost of tolls or whether they would be introduced on other bridges, will be provided when a business plan is completed at the end of the month.