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Inauguration of Montreal’s Samuel De Champlain Bridge

Construction of the 3.4km bridge, which spans the St. Lawrence River between the communities of Montreal and Brossard, took just over four years to complete.


 

The Government of Canada officially inaugurated the  Samuel De Champlain Bridge, the new toll-free link between Montreal and the South Shore.

Construction of the 3.4km bridge, which spans the St. Lawrence River between the communities of Montreal and Brossard, took just over four years to complete and required the efforts of more than 2,000 individuals, including more than 1,600 construction workers at the height of construction activity. The new structure replaces the old Champlain Bridge which was designed in 1962 and had reached the end of its service life.

The new crossing, which was designed and built to last 125 years was the result of a public-private partnership between Infrastructure Canada and Signature on the St. Lawrence (SSL).

Signature on the Saint-Lawrence Group is a consortium made up of:

  • SNC-Lavalin
  • ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc.
  • HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America, Inc.
  • Dragados Canada, Inc.
  • Flatiron Construction Canada Limited
  • MMM Group Limited
  • TY Lin International
  • International Bridge Technologies Canada Inc.

In addition to the eight Canadian and international businesses that comprise the private consortium selected to design, build, operate and maintain the Samuel De Champlain Bridge Corridor over the 30 year contract period, the project also provided important economic opportunities for dozens of enterprises across Quebec and Canada. The role of Independent Engineer on the project was undertaken by Ramboll and Stantec; the two firms oversaw the design conformity and overall quality of the project

The conceptual design and architectural framework were developed by Arup Canada and Poul Ove Jensen of the firm Dissing+Weitling with the collaboration of Provencher Roy and in consultation with an Architectural Quality Panel consisting of l’Ordre des architectes du Québec, l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Mission Design, Heritage Montréal, Ville de Montréal and Infrastructure Canada.

The Samuel De Champlain Bridge consists of two traffic corridors with three lanes in each direction, a central corridor dedicated to public transit—the future Réseau express métropolitain train—and a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians.