OTTAWA, March 30, 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 announced
that the Government of Canada has issued a request for proposals to
retain expert financial, technical and engineering services for the
construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence.
With an estimated $20 billion in international trade crossing the
Champlain Bridge annually, this corridor is important for the regional
economy and also benefits the national economy. The safety and security
of the people crossing the Champlain Bridge every day are a top
priority for the Government of Canada. Since 2009, the government has
announced significant investments totalling $380 million to continue to
keep this important bridge safe for all who use it. For more
information about the new bridge for the St. Lawrence, please visit www.tc.gc.ca/nbfsl.
"The new bridge for the St. Lawrence is important for Canada's economic
prosperity," said Minister Lebel. "Today, I am pleased to officially
launch the next phase of the project to build this bridge. The business
case represents an essential part of the planning process for the
construction of the new bridge. At the same time, we are continuing to
work on the environmental component and to ensure the safety of this
Through this request for proposals, expert financial, technical and
engineering services will be retained to conduct an in-depth analysis
of the preferred method for procurement and construction of the bridge.
These services also include the development of traffic and revenue
forecasts, as well as preliminary engineering work to identify possible
options and their costs.
The request for proposals is posted on the Government Electronic
Tendering Service known as MERX (www.merx.com) and the contracting process is managed by Public Works and Government
Services Canada. The contract award is expected to be announced at the
beginning of June 2012.
The Draft Federal Environmental Guidelines for this project are
available under the heading "Scope of Factors" at www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=54797. To provide your comments on the project, visit www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=54535 by April 4, 2012.
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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