Structal-Bridges begins delivery of 70-ton box girders for Highway 25 bridge



    QUEBEC, Sept. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Structal-Bridges, the largest steel bridge
manufacturer in Canada and a division of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM), today
began the delivery of 37-foot (11.3 m) box girders weighing 70 tons each that
will be used in the construction of cable-stayed section of the new bridge on
Highway 25.
    Due to the sizeable weight of the 11-foot (3.4 m) wide steel girders,
Structal-Bridges must employ oversized load transport equipment in order to
deliver the components. A 10-axle low bed semi-trailer carrying the first
girder left the Quebec City plant under escort at 9:30 a.m. this morning
headed for the bridge work site in Laval, where the components will be erected
with a crane barge. Seven other such deliveries will take place over the
coming weeks to transport the eight box girders required for this section of
the bridge structure.
    Structal-Bridges secured the contract for the construction of the
six-lane steel bridge, which will span the Rivière des Prairies between
Montreal and Laval, as well as three overpasses in 2007 as part of the
extension of Highway 25. By the end of 2010, the business unit will have
transformed more than 12,000 tons of steel to fabricate a total of 378 girders
in the scope of this project, which is one of the largest undertaken by
Structal-Bridges in Canada and worth over $30 million. Approximately 25% of
fabrication is completed. Structal has already fabricated and delivered the
components required for the construction of two of the three overpasses and is
poised to fabricate the remaining 50% of the girders required for the Montreal
shore approach ramp to the main bridge.
    "The fabrication of a cable-stayed bridge is a highly complex undertaking
that requires extreme precision and top-notch engineering, a challenge that
our team welcomes," explained Robin Lapointe, general manager of
Structal-Bridges. "Along with the Pitt River cable-stayed bridge that is
currently under construction in British Columbia for the same general
contractor, Kiewit, this is the second bridge contract of this type that
Structal-Bridges has obtained since the company's beginnings, which confirms
our expertise and leadership in the industry."

    About Structal-Bridges

    Structal-Bridges, a North American manufacturer of steel bridges,
structural bearings and expansion joints, has been operating a
195,000-square-foot (18,115 m2) plant in Quebec City since 1956, and also runs
a 61,900-square-foot (5,750 m2) plant in Laval and a 180,000-square-foot
(16,720 m2) plant in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. Structal, which employs
350 people, serves the highway and railway bridge industries in Canada and
several states in the U.S.

    About Canam Group

    Canam Group is an industrial company operating 12 plants specialized in
the design and fabrication of construction products and solutions. The company
employs close to 2,600 people in Canada, the United States, Romania and India,
and has partnerships with companies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates
and China.




For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Gosselin, Senior Advisor,
Communications, (450) 641-4000, Cell: (514) 984-8345,
sylvie.gosselin@canamgroup.ws; www.canamgroup.ws; www.structalbridges.ws


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