OTTAWA, June 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic
Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced that the Government of
Canada has launched a call for tenders for the construction of a
temporary causeway-bridge between île des Sœurs and Montreal as part of
the new bridge for the St. Lawrence project.
"Building a new bridge for the St. Lawrence continues to be a priority.
The project is moving forward quickly, efficiently and responsibly,"
said Minister Lebel. "The temporary causeway-bridge between île des
Sœurs and Montreal is an important milestone in building the new bridge
for the St. Lawrence."
This causeway will have three lanes in each direction, a reserved lane
for transit as well as a lane for pedestrians and cyclists. It will be
in place until the île des Sœurs Bridge is permanently replaced as part
of the construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence. The île des
Sœurs Bridge is a key link between major highways in Montreal and the
Champlain Bridge—an essential Canada-United States trade corridor. The
objective is to open the temporary causeway-bridge by 2015.
"The temporary causeway-bridge between île des Sœurs and Montreal will
ensure the efficient movement of traffic and goods before and during
the construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence," said Minister
Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated, the corporation
responsible for managing, operating and maintaining federally-owned
bridges in Montreal, is leading the temporary causeway-bridge project.
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) manages contractual
processes for the temporary causeway-bridge between île des Sœurs and
Montreal. PWGSC will ensure that the procurement process is carried out
in a manner that enhances access, competition and fairness and results
in best value for Canadians. In addition, PWGSC's integrity measures
will be applied to ensure the Government of Canada does business with
companies that respect the law. The invitation to tender for the
construction of the temporary causeway-bridge is available free of
charge on buyandsell.gc.ca, the new government electronic tendering service replacing MERX since
June 1, 2013. The contract award should be announced in August 2013.
On October 5, 2011, Minister Lebel announced that the Government of
Canada would be building new infrastructure to replace the Champlain
Bridge. This bridge is one of the busiest in Canada, with $20 billion
worth of international trade crossing it every year. The Champlain
Bridge is a crucial corridor for the regional economy and for Canada as
a whole. The project also meets the objectives of Canada's gateway
Canada's Economic Action Plan provides new opportunities for growth, job
creation and long-term prosperity. Thanks to the Government of Canada's
leadership and 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 over 900,000 net new jobs created since
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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