WATCH: Here's what the new Champlain Bridge will look like

The Maurice-Richard Bridge? How does that sound?

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      We got our first look today at the new Champlain Bridge, which is expected to replace the existing one by 2018.

      The project is being hailed by the federal government as ambitious — and as a new landmark for Montreal.

      A Danish architect, Poul Oven Jensen, has been picked to design the bridge.

      It will include three lanes in each direction for traffic, a separate span for public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian paths.

      Meanwhile, there's a good chance the bridge might end up being renamed. There are no hints as to what a new name would be, but infrastructure minister Denis Lebel admits the name of hockey great Maurice Richard has come up most often.

      Before construction begins, 15 houses in the path of the new bridge will be expropriated.

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      1. anne posted on 06/27/2014 03:21 PM
        It's lovely. Curious: Is the pedestrian walk and bike path only one one side? and are they separate or will people walk right beside the bikes? Not too clear in the video. I have to admit, I will miss the majestic Champlain Bridge.. I've been awe of it since I was a child.. to bad is has to go.
      2. Mike d posted on 06/27/2014 08:55 PM
        Wow what a beauty. Thankfully this was not designed by anyone in Quebec! Can we get construction workers from Denmark to build it? This will be worth the tolls.
      3. Donna Keenan posted on 06/28/2014 12:06 PM
        Boy aren't they lucky, (those who use the Champlain Bridge),while those who have to use the Mercier Bridge (which by the way is older than the Champlain and in total disrepair) have to depend on bandages. Maybe we who use this bridge (Mercier) will have to wait for a new bridge when we actually have a fatality.

        I'm sure that the people who use the Mercier Bridge would not complain if they had to pay a toll as they would feel that their lives would not be in jeopardy every time they headed off to work.
      4. ssm posted on 06/28/2014 02:50 PM
        Naming the the new bridge for a hockey player would be as frivolous as naming it for an even more internationally well known musician like Celine Dion or Leonard Cohen (yeah right)
      5. al posted on 06/29/2014 09:55 AM
        $$$$$$$$$ My pay check is getting smaller and smaller and smaller..We are having trouble visiting our sick friends in a hospital $13.00 for a day.. Even if I bike there with the detours it would lake two days and my relative would be dead by then.. Knock Knock ?? No one is answering..
      6. Joe posted on 06/29/2014 10:52 PM
        Nice bridge too bad it ends at decarie which basically leads us to our main problem as usual the metropolitan which until blown up and redone you can have ten new bridges with one hundred lanes they all lead to the met so the traffic will be same as usual. Now if we can get this architect to work his magic there then I am impressed
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