OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - I wish to reiterate our government's hard
work and commitment towards the construction of the new bridge for the
The Champlain Bridge is one of the busiest in Canada. Beyond its role as
a major trade corridor, the bridge represents the daily commute of
thousands of users.
We are aware of the impact that closing a lane of the Champlain Bridge
will have on Montreal-area residents. That is why the Jacques Cartier
and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) is cooperating fully with
the Government of Quebec, the Agence métropolitaine de transport and
the municipalities in order to implement solutions.
On October 5, 2011, I announced that the Champlain Bridge and the Nun's
Island Bridge would be replaced by 2021. Since that time, a tremendous
amount of hard work has been accomplished.
Numerous technical work contracts are already underway, including
geotechnical analysis and ground characterization; the prefeasibility
study for moving Hydro-Québec towers; 3D modelling and preparatory work
for intelligent transportation systems, tolls and electrical and
To date, we have held some 60 meetings with Government of Quebec
representatives, met with about 50 municipal representatives and had
approximately 60 meetings with other organizations having an interest
in the project. Furthermore, discussions have been held with the
Mohawks of Kahnawake. This collaboration will continue for the duration
of the project.
Clearly, we want to keep the public and the media informed of the
progress we are making, and that is why we have hosted 12 open houses
in Brossard, Verdun and on île des Soeurs. Transport Canada
representatives have also taken part in nine major conferences since
2012 to provide explanations and updates to stakeholders.
Mass transit is a key element of the project. As this is provincial
jurisdiction, the Government of Quebec informed us in June 2013 of its
desire to implement a light rail system (LRT) on the future bridge for
the St. Lawrence.
As for the financial assistance requested by the Government of Quebec, I
would reiterate that mass transit initiatives are eligible for the new
Building Canada Fund, and it will be up to the Quebec government to
prioritize it, just as other provinces did in the previous plan.
I'd like to remind that the vast majority of the funds for
infrastructure is spent on projects prioritized by provinces.
To that end, it should be noted that in the Major Infrastructure
Component of the Building Canada Fund, Quebec has chosen to only invest
slightly more than 9 percent of funds in public transportation. This
number is greatly inferior to provinces with similar needs.
The business case for the project, prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers,
will be completed within a few weeks. This will represent another major
step towards starting construction of the new bridge for the St.
Lawrence as soon as possible.
Therefore, rest assured that our government is committed to delivering a
new, reliable and safe bridge as quickly as possible.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and
Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the
Economic Development Agency for the Regions of
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