The Government of Canada will contribute $212 million to rehabilitate Montreal’s Champlain Bridge. The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges corporation had requested accelerated funding for a 10 year rehabilitation program starting this year.
Most of the work is to be executed underneath the bridge, including rehabilitating and reinforcing all is parts — everything from the pier caps supporting the deck, to the replacement of deck joints, and post tensioning of the beams.
The Champlain Bridge opened in 1962, linking downtown Montreal via the Bonaventure Expressway across the St. Lawrence River to Monteregie. Approximately six kilometres long, it is one of the busiest bridges in Canada, with an estimated 58 million vehicles using it every year.