The consortium responsible for the construction of the Champlain Bridge has launched a $124 million lawsuit against the federal government.
According to an article from the CBC, the lawsuit alleges that consortium was not told that the existing bridge could not support the weight needed to allow certain bridge components to be delivered to the new construction site. As a result, delivery of the completed bridge could be delayed.
Court documents filed show that the provincial Transport ministry informed Infrastructure Canada that no loads exceeding 65 tonnes would be permitted on the existing bridge. However, the consortium’s proposal for the project was based on being able to transport loads of up to 80 tonnes.
The original deadline for completion of the Champlain Bridge is December 31, 2018. Under current contract conditions, the consortium could face monetary penalties if the bridge is not delivered on schedule.