Start of repair work on the Honoré-Mercier Bridge
OTTAWA, April 25 – The Government of Canada is pleased to announce that a contract has been awarded to start work on replacing the deck of the Honoré-Mercier Bridge, in Quebec. “Repairing the country’s infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Canada,” said federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Lawrence Cannon. “The Honoré-Mercier Bridge is one of the busiest bridges in Quebec. Replacing its deck will ensure the continued efficient movement of goods and people and contribute to a strong and thriving economy. The work will also ensure that the bridge is safe and will extend its life.”
The first phase of the project, valued at $66 million, will strengthen the steel structure and replace the bridge deck on the elevated access ramps that go through the Kahnawake territory, on the South Shore. The work should be completed in 2010. The Government of Canada will invest $57 million and the Government of Quebec will contribute $9 million.
“Replacing the Honoré-Mercier Bridge deck will allow residents, from both the region and throughout Quebec, safe and continued use one of Montreal’s most important infrastructures,” said Michael M. Fortier, federal Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for the Montréal region. “This project will generate direct economic benefits for the Montreal region.”
The contract was awarded to the Mohawk Bridge Consortium, under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business. The contract was preceded by an agreement between Transport Quebec and Kahnawake Mohawk Council. Work on phase one will begin soon.
“The start of replacing the Honoré-Mercier Bridge deck demonstrates our government’s desire to improve Quebec’s road infrastructure. This project will improve users’ safety and make their travels easier,” stated Quebec Minister of Transportation Julie Boulet.
Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated, a Crown corporation, will manage the project and will shortly provide a description of the work to be carried out in the first phase, the timeframe and measures that will be put in place to minimize the impact on bridge users.
“We are currently developing ways to reduce the impact of this project on local residents. I’ve asked the Agence métropolitaine de transport and representatives from the Transport Quebec to help the project manager keep people and goods moving as normally as possible during construction,” affirmed Mr. Jean Marc Fournier, Quebec Deputy Minister responsible for the Montérégie region and member from Châteauguay.
The Honoré-Mercier Bridge links Ville LaSalle (Montreal) to the Kahnawake Mohawk Reserve. Nearly 3,400 trucks a day, and approximately 28 million vehicles a year, use this bridge.
The mission of Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated is to manage, operate and maintain the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Champlain Bridge, the Autoroute Bonaventure, the federal portion of the Honoré-Mercier Bridge, the Melocheville Tunnel and the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure to ensure safe and efficient travel for users.
For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Daniel Desharnais, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, (418) 643-6980; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Harold Fortin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Revenue, Minister responsible for Parliamentary Reform and Minister responsible for the Montérégie region, (418) 643-3804; Frédéric Baril, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, Gatineau, (613) 868-1128; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at www.tc.gc.ca/e-news and keep up to date on the latest from Transport Canada. This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons with visual disabilities.