ACTION TO BEGIN SHORTLY
OTTAWA, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL), a Crown corporation, and the St. Mary's River Bridge Company (SMRBC), the Canadian owner of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge and a wholly-owned subsidiary of FBCL, wish to inform the public that the detailed design for the replacement of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) facilities at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge will begin in December 2009.
The existing CBSA facilities at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge need to be replaced as the buildings are overcrowded, functionally obsolete and operationally deficient.
An environmental assessment was initiated by FBCL in July 2007 and signed off in June 2009.
Funding of approximately $44.1M has been allocated by the federal government in early fall through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The project's design and construction activities will be spread over approximately five years.
For Mr. James McIntyre, Chairman of SMRBC, "The replacement of the CBSA facilities is made possible through a $44M contribution agreement between SMRBC and the Government of Canada to cover the costs. While some purchases of lands have been completed, the remaining land acquisitions necessary are underway and are expected to continue in 2010-2011".
While attending a meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Mrs. Micheline Dubé, CEO of FBCL added that "The new facilities will be designed by a team of engineers, architects and planners to accommodate growing traffic volumes and new pre-clearance systems and technologies. We are delighted to announce that EPOH Inc, a Sault Ste. Marie based architectural and engineering firm, was awarded the contract for the detailed design of the project. The Corporation is very proud to be working hand-in-hand with our subsidiary SMRBC, the bridge's owner.
Mr. Glenn Hewus, Senior Vice-President, Engineering and Construction of FBCL, added that "Proactive project management over the last few years also led to the completion of a master plan for the replacement project in 2008. We are now ready to proceed with the first steps in the construction of a new, modern and efficient facility and plaza infrastructure".
Demolition of some Queen Street buildings will begin this winter while new building construction is planned for the fall 2010
The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited
- The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) was established in 1998
to oversee and be accountable for the bridges under its control and
to provide strategic direction to the asset operators under its
jurisdiction. Its mission is to provide the highest level of
custodianship so that its bridge structures are safe and efficient
for users. Also, the Corporation provides expertise and advice to the
federal government with regard to design, building, maintenance and
operation of bridges.
- Headquartered in Ottawa, FBCL is responsible for operating and
managing structures including properties of its wholly-owned
subsidiaries, The St. Mary's River Bridge Company (SMRBC), The
Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) in
Montreal and, in a joint venture with its U. S. partner, the Seaway
International Bridge Corporation, Ltd. (SIBC) in Cornwall.
- FBCL also assumes responsibility for the Canadian portion of the
Thousand Islands International Bridge with the Thousand Islands
Bridge Authority (TIBA - a U.S. government organization) being the
- Under the FBCL are three international bridges in Ontario and six
structures in the Greater Montreal area. Its bridges are some of the
most important fixed-link crossings in Canada. Each year, close to
150 million vehicles cross FBCL's structures, making them among the
busiest in North America. These structures play a vital role in
connecting Canada's transportation and economic network with the
The St. Mary's River Bridge Company
- The St. Mary's River Bridge Company (SMRBC) was incorporated by a
Special Act in 1955 and, more recently, on July 18, 2008, it was
continued under section 18 of the Canada Business Corporations Act.
- On September 1, 2009, it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of FBCL.
- SMRBC acquired the Canadian half of the Sault Ste. Marie
International Bridge from the International Bridge Authority (IBA),
the U. S. government agency that operates the crossing.
- IBA reports to a joint international board of directors, the Sault
Ste Marie Bridge Authority (SSMBA). IBA has a long-term plan in place
for operating the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge on a self-
sustaining basis to cover all operating, capital and debt payments to
the year 2040.
- As owner of the Canadian half of the Sault Ste. Marie International
Bridge, SMRBC receives the Canadian share of surpluses generated from
toll revenues. These surpluses are expected to fund capital projects
on the Canadian side and meet other financial responsibilities.
- The new technically more modern and efficient facility and plaza
infrastructure project will result in:
- increased border security requirements;
- an anticipated increase in commercial truck traffic arising from
Sault Ste. Marie's multi modal initiative; and
- a new truck route from Highway 17 (Carmen's Way) to the current
- The project will take four years and the scope of work will involve
the construction of:
- 7 primary inspection lanes comprising: 4 passenger lanes, 2 bi-
level lanes for cars and trucks and 1 truck lane;
- a bus inspection area;
- a new traffic and commercial facilities, widening of the bridge
approach ramp and new infrastructure, including support for NEXUS
and the Free and Secure Trade (or "FAST") frequent traveller
- a new building to house brokerage operations and a duty free shop.
SOURCE The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited
For further information: For further information: André Girard, Vice-President, Communications, The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, (613) 998-8427, firstname.lastname@example.org