QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Structal-Bridges, a division
of Canam Group Inc. (TSX: CAM), has concluded an agreement worth close
to $12M for the fabrication of the steel structure that will replace
the Memorial Bridge, a lift bridge on U.S. 1 between Kittery, Maine,
and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Built in 1923, the 900-ft. (274.3 m)
through truss bridge spanning the Piscataqua River was permanently
closed in July 2011 due to its deteriorated condition.
The project, which was awarded to Structal-Bridges by Archer Western
Contractors, a subsidiary of Walsh Construction Company, calls for the
fabrication of three through truss spans, each measuring 300 ft. (91.4
m) in length, and two 163-ft. (49.7 m) towers for the moveable section
of the bridge. Structal-Bridges will also supply the steel structure to
replace the approaches to the main bridge.
According to Robin Lapointe, Vice President, Structal-Bridges: "We
appreciate the confidence demonstrated by Walsh Construction Company
towards our expertise and know-how. This is the fourth major mandate
that they have entrusted to us over the past three years." In addition
to a newly signed contract for the replacement of the Moses Wheeler
Bridge in Connecticut, the two companies previously collaborated in the
construction of an overpass in the scope of the I-95 New Haven Crossing
Corridor Improvement Program, also in Connecticut.
The components required for the Memorial Bridge project will be
fabricated at the Canam Group plant in Claremont, New Hampshire.
"Thanks to recent investments made to expand and modernize this plant,
Structal-Bridges is now well positioned to execute large-scale projects
in the U.S.," added Mr. Lapointe.
Deliveries will begin in September 2012 and be completed by February
2013. Initially slated to reopen in spring 2014, the new bridge will be
operational a year earlier, in July 2013, which will be made possible
using accelerated bridge construction techniques.
North Channel Bridge in Cornwall
A short time ago, Structal-Bridges also concluded an agreement with
Aecon Group Inc. for the execution of a project worth over $9M in
Canada. The contract includes the fabrication and installation of box
girders as well as the fabrication of structural bearings as part of
the North Channel Bridge Replacement Project in Cornwall, Ontario.
Structal-Bridges is a North American manufacturer of steel bridges,
structural bearings and expansion joints. In addition to its Quebec
City plant, which opened in 1956, the company operates a plant in
Laval, another in New Hampshire, and also occupies a section of the
Canam Group plants in St. Gédéon de Beauce, Quebec and Point of Rocks,
Maryland. Structal-Bridges serves the highway and railway bridge
sectors in Canada and numerous states in the U.S.
About Canam Group Inc.
Canam Group is a leader in the design and fabrication of construction
products and solutions, and a leading provider of design-build and
virtual design and construction services. The company operates more
than 25 manufacturing plants and engineering offices in Canada, the
United States, Romania, India and China, and has partnerships with
companies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and China.
SOURCE CANAM GROUP INC.
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