Support beam operation - The analysis has been completed: the operation is safe

LONGUEUIL, QC, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In response to the article that appeared this morning in the Journal de Montréal, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) would like to review the situation and reassure the population. The support beam operation has been carefully designed and planned since 2009. All the necessary engineering analysis and calculations have been made, taking into account the Champlain Bridge's current situation and updated plans.

"We want to reassure the public. A team of more than 30 professional engineers is managing the Champlain Bridge. Before implementing such a major technical solution, we analyzed every element to ensure the situation is not exacerbated. Our priority is the safety of those who use the Champlain Bridge, and the decisions we make are based on preserving that safety," said Glen P. Carlin, General Manager of the Corporation.

The accounts and analysis published this morning in a daily paper and relayed in various other media were based on the bridge's original plans. The Champlain Bridge's official engineers, however, have access to all the documentation related to this infrastructure. It's important to understand that from the beginning, the Champlain Bridge has undergone several rehabilitation projects and, since the early 1980s, major reinforcement work has taken place on the bridge, notably on its pier caps.

Buckland & Taylor, the engineering firm that designed the plans for the installation of the beam, has specialized in bridge design since 1972. The firm's senior engineer, renowned expert Peter Taylor, would also like to reassure citizens.

"In order to develop a technical solution to maintain the integrity of the infrastructure, all related data has to be considered. We have to know the history and status of any modifications or reinforcements that have been carried out. All of these elements have been taken into account and we consider this operation to be the best solution to support the damaged girder," said Mr. Taylor.

We invite you to follow this operation at www.champlainbridge.ca.

SOURCE: The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

For further information:

Jean-Vincent Lacroix 
Director, Communications
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI)
Office: 450 651-8771, ext. 232
Cell: 514 249-1940
jlacroix@pjcci.ca

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