New Champlain Bridge Corridor Project

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Image Credit: Infrastructure Canada

Ranking for 2015: 6

Industry Sector: Transportation

Specific Sector: Bridge

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $4,239,000,000

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: P3

Location: Montreal to Brossard, Quebec

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2019


On October 5, 2011, the Government of Canada announced the new Champlain Bridge corridor project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America. The corridor-wide project not only includes the new Champlain bridge, but a new Îledes-Soeurs Bridge and reconstruction and widening of the federal portion of Autoroute 15. The new bridge is designed to have three corridors, including two three-lane corridors for vehicular traffic and a two-lane transit corridor capable of accommodating a light rail transit system. The new bridge will also include a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists.

Design work on the new Champlain Bridge is now almost 98 per cent complete and construction is well underway. With respect to the new Champlain Bridge component of the project, major precast pieces of the bridge are now being moved from prefabrication sites in Drummondville, Quebec and Spain, to the worksite in the cities of Montreal and Brossard. As they arrive, these pieces are added to what will be the 160-meter tower supporting the cable stay portion of the bridge. Furthermore, on the bridge approaches, the first footings have been placed in the St. Lawrence River and piers are beginning to appear from the water.

Substantial completion is expected by 2019.

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