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
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
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:
The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI)
Office: 450 651-8771, ext. 232
Cell: 514 249-1940