The government of Canada keeps its promise and announces the start of restoration work at the port of Baie-Comeau

    BAIE-COMEAU, QC, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today that a
contract of close to $9 million has been awarded to rebuild berth no 3 of the
Baie-Comeau commercial wharf. This announcement follows Minister Cannon's
summer tour of Eastern Quebec last July during which he announced investments
of several million dollars in Quebec ports.
    "As promised during my visit in Baie-Comeau last summer, the contract is
now in place. This work will maintain the safety of Port of Baie-Comeau's
users," said Minister Cannon. "The announcement of the start of restoration
work demonstrates once again our government's commitment to investing in the
maintenance of regional federal infrastructure. "
    The restoration project for wharf no 3 will consist mainly of rebuilding
a permanent, safe and adequately wide access for vehicles and consolidating
the docking wall of berth no 3. In addition to ensuring marine safety in the
area near the structure, the repair work will help protect the harbour from
waves, ice and sedimentation, and will provide safe access for heavy vehicles
operating at berths no 1 and no 2. Valued at $8,545,630, the work will be
undertaken by the firm EBC Inc. from Ancienne-Lorette and will be conducted
from December 2007 to December 2008.
    "In addition to meeting the needs of the community, this work will
contribute to the socio-economic development of the whole region," added
Minister Cannon.
    This project has undergone an environmental assessment under the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Act. Furthermore, during the work, measures will be
taken to minimize the impact on regular port activities.
    The Baie-Comeau port facilities are located on the North Shore of the
Saint Lawrence River, near the mouth of the Manicouagan River. At the marine
level, Baie-Comeau provides water access to Matane via the road and rail
ferry.  Therefore, industrial products made in the region are shipped around
the world from the Baie-Comeau port.

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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Josianne Martel, Communications, Transport Canada, Dorval, (514) 633-2743;
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