With an estimated $20 billion in international trade crossing the existing Champlain Bridge annually, it is the busiest bridge for cars, trucks and trains in the entire Canadian road network and is vital to the regional and national economies.
In Budget 2011, the Government allocated $19 million in preparation for the planning for this replacement.
About the Program
The project involves many steps, including an environmental assessment, a financial analysis and design work.
In January 2012, the federal government launched the environmental assessment phase and is working closely with key stakeholders, such as the Government of Québec and municipalities in the Montreal area.
In May 2012, the Government launched a call for proposals to prepare a business case with a mandate that includes studies on traffic and revenue, as well as preliminary engineering work. The business case would provide the basis for a potential decision on a Public-Private Partnership and tolls.
In April 2013, Transport Canada issued a public request for proposals for investigations, geotechnical studies, soil and groundwater characterization, and other laboratory services. Through these technical services, technical data and information will be acquired for the next steps in designing the structures that will be a part of the new corridor. The majority of investigations and studies are expected to be completed by late 2013.
Who Is Eligible
Transport Canada is responsible for the construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence and is receiving all funding under this initiative.
How It Works
On April 23, 2012 the Government of Canada announced that the Dessau|Cima+ consortium of Montreal was selected to complete the federal environmental assessment of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence. The assessment will consist of environmental and technical components required to formulate recommendations for minimizing the project's impact on the environment and community. The public, local advisory boards, the private sector and community groups will have the opportunity to participate in the environmental assessment process, which should be completed in fall 2013.
On July 25, 2012, the Government of Canada awarded the contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers to prepare the business case for the new bridge for the St. Lawrence. It is anticipated that the business case will be completed by December 2013.
Progress to Date
Planning work for the replacement of the existing Champlain Bridge is under way. The initiative is now in its third year and the work is being performed within the established timelines.
Find Out More
For more information, please visit the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Web site.