Information Bulletin - Major Repairs to Dufferin Terrace

QUÉBEC, Aug. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting August 16, and continuing until March 2011, Parks Canada will be repairing the southern section of the Dufferin Terrace, located between the Château Frontenac and the Governors' Walkway. As announced in January, the $4.5 million repairs were made possible through the Canadian government's Economic Action Plan.

JES Construction has been awarded the contract, and its main tasks are to rebuild the steel structure supporting the terrace, replace the joists and wooden planks, and improve the wiring in the lampposts.

In order to ensure public safety, the terrace will be fully or partly closed, depending on the progress of the repairs. The Governors' Walkway will remain accessible from the Plains of Abraham, but will not open onto the terrace. In addition, the slide on the terrace will not be in operation this winter.

An average of 2.5 million people walk along the Dufferin Terrace annually, so it became essential to make this investment to ensure the longevity of this site, which is an integral part of the Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site.

Parks Canada is proud to contribute to the preservation of the rich heritage of the historic district of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: For further information: Julie Royer, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Québec Field Unit, Parks Canada, 418-648-7601

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