The Champlain Bridge is safe

    OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited
(FBCL), responsible for the operations of The Jacques Cartier and Champlain
Bridges Incorporated, its subsidiary located in Longueuil, Quebec, wishes to
reaffirm to the public, that the Champlain Bridge in Montreal is an absolutely
safe and secure crossing for bridge users.
    "The safety of the federal bridges under our jurisdiction is our
priority. Again, if there was any doubt on the safety of the Champlain Bridge,
the crossing would be shutdown to traffic." "Of course, there are no risks to
take, when it comes to the safety of the population, and bridge users" says
FBCL's Chief Executive Officer Micheline Dubé.
    Various studies mandated by the Corporation help to plan and prioritize
short, medium and long term funding requirements. These studies deal with risk
management and none of them indicate that the Champlain Bridge is unsafe for
traffic. We take the leadership by identifying the long term risks and we
believe this to be the responsible management approach.
    "None of these studies or reports questions the safety and security of
the Champlain Bridge. These reports and studies help us prioritize short,
medium and long term maintenance and repair programs for The Jacques Cartier
and Champlain Bridges Incorporated, our subsidiary" added Micheline Dubé.
    Just like all bridges dating back to 1960, the Champlain Bridge requires
regular investments for maintenance and repairs. This is the mandate of the
FBCL and its subsidiaries who invest every year in maintenance and repair
work, to ensure that the bridge users are safe and their transit efficient. An
average of $30 million is invested every year for maintenance and repairs to
the three bridges under federal jurisdiction in Montreal. In addition, the
Champlain Bridge is subjected to yearly inspections by external consultants
and their recommendations are followed-up with according initiatives.
    The Corporation is working on different long-term scenarios for the
Champlain Bridge and all other structures under its jurisdiction.
    The Corporation is also looking at traffic volume studies and the impact
of new corridors such as Highway 30, which, starting in 2012, will provide a
bypass around Montreal for heavy trucks presently crossing the Champlain
Bridge between Montreal and its South Shore.

    For questions concerning the Champlain Bridge, visit our Web sites at and .

For further information:

For further information: André Girard, Vice-president, Communications,
The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, (613) 998-8427, (450) 468-5775;
Source: Micheline Dubé, President and Chief Executive Officer, La Société des
ponts fédéraux Limitée, (613) 993-5268

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