MONTREAL, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today provided
major updates on the project to build a new bridge for the St.
Lawrence, including the replacement of three overpasses on Highway 15
and the construction of a temporary causeway between Nuns' Island and
"The new bridge for the St. Lawrence is a top priority for the Harper
government and I am moving this project forward quickly, efficiently
and responsibly. Over the next decade, the construction of the new
bridge for the St. Lawrence will create 30,000 jobs," said Minister
Lebel. "We have already made significant progress in our environmental
assessment and I have had many productive meetings with key
stakeholders in the Montreal region."
A request for proposals will be issued in the coming weeks for the
planning, design and costing of a temporary causeway to be constructed
next to the existing Nuns' Island Bridge. This causeway will have three
lanes in each direction and will be in place until the Nuns' Island
Bridge is permanently replaced as part of the construction of the new
St. Lawrence bridge. The Nuns' Island Bridge is a key link between
major highways in Montreal and the Champlain Bridge - an essential
Canada-United States trade corridor. The objective is to open the
temporary causeway by 2015.
"We will build a temporary causeway between Nuns' Island and Montreal to
ensure the efficient movement of traffic and goods before and during
the construction of the new bridge," said Minister Lebel. "After
careful review of all options, I have determined that building a
temporary causeway now is the fastest, safest, least disruptive and
most cost-effective option."
The Government of Canada has also reviewed proposals to retain
consultants to develop the financial business case for the new bridge.
The successful bidder will be announced in the next few weeks.
With an estimated $20 billion in international trade crossing the
Champlain Bridge annually, this corridor is a significant part of the
regional economy and Canada's economy as a whole. An efficient
transportation corridor for commuters, public transit users and
commercial vehicles is essential to ensuring the quality of life of
residents and workers in greater Montreal.
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 focuses on creating new opportunities
for jobs and growth, and ensuring long-term prosperity for Canadians.
Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of
this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership, and our
strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has
recovered from the global recession better than most other
industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries
throughout the recovery, with more than 765,000 net new jobs created
since July 2009. Find out more about the opportunities in Economic
Action Plan 2012 at www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html.
Updates on the overpass replacement project and temporary causeway will
be regularly posted on the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridge
Incorporated's website at: www.jccbi.ca. For more information about the new bridge for the St. Lawrence, please
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
for the Regions of Quebec
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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