MONTREAL, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, announced today that the Government of
Canada is working with the City of Montreal to ensure the new bridge
for the St. Lawrence has architectural quality.
"Our government took note of the participants' comments during the
roundtable on the architectural quality of the new bridge held on
February 18," said Minister Lebel. "We all want the new bridge to
reflect the values of the community, to showcase its role as the most
important gateway to Montreal, and to preserve the spectacular view of
downtown from the bridge. Our government will work with local experts
to make this vision a reality, while respecting timelines and budget."
Next steps in this process will be to:
Develop options to integrate architectural quality as part of a
public-private partnership, taking into account the project's timeline,
budget, and functional criteria;
Discuss these options with local and international experts to validate
and refine them;
Present the options to local stakeholders to invite their comments; and
Submit a report to the Minister for consideration by late summer 2013.
Since last fall, Transport Canada representatives have held a series of
meetings with stakeholders to discuss the design of the new bridge and
several other important aspects. The project is going well and the
original timelines are being met. The Government of Canada will
continue to work with its key partners, including representatives of
the Government of Quebec and the Cities of Montreal, Brossard and
Longueuil, to advance the new bridge for the St. Lawrence project.
On October 5, 2011, Minister Lebel announced that the Government of
Canada would be building a new bridge corridor to replace the Champlain
Bridge. This six-lane bridge is one of the busiest in Canada. With an
estimated $20 billion in international trade crossing it each year, the
Champlain Bridge is a crucial corridor for the regional economy and the
economy of Canada as a whole. The project also meets the objectives of
Canada's gateway strategies.
To learn more about the new bridge for the St. Lawrence, please visit www.tc.gc.ca/nbfsl. For information on Canada's gateway strategies, please visit www.canadasgateways.gc.ca/index2.html.
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SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Transport Canada, Ottawa