Government of Canada continues progress on new bridge for the St. Lawrence, awards contract for geotechnical studies and laboratory services

OTTAWA, July 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada today announced that it has retained LVM inc. to carry out geotechnical studies and provide laboratory services in relation to the construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence. This work will advance project development and planning and will also serve as important input to the final design of the new bridge.

The contract includes the following technical services:

  • boring in soils and rock;
  • investigations of the quality and properties of materials at the approaches to the new bridge and along existing roadways;
  • laboratory tests of samples taken from the site to evaluate the mechanical properties of the rock and soils and to determine the environmental quality of the soils, sediments and groundwater;
  • geophysical investigations to identify geological features; and
  • other laboratory services.

Public Works and Government Services Canada managed the procurement process for this contract and ensured that the process was carried out in a manner that enhances access, competition and fairness, and results in best value for Canadians.

With an estimated $20 billion in international trade crossing the Champlain Bridge annually, this corridor is a significant part of the regional economy and Canada's economy as a whole. An efficient transportation corridor for commuters, public transit users and commercial vehicles is essential to ensuring the quality of life of residents and workers in Greater Montreal.

Canada's Economic Action Plan focuses on creating new opportunities for jobs and growth, and ensuring long-term prosperity for Canadians. Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership, and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery, with more than one million net new jobs created since July 2009.

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SOURCE: Transport Canada

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Transport Canada, Ottawa

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