Public Services and Procurement Canada announced it has awarded a contract valued at over $1.2 million to Groupe Lapalme for repair work and upgrades on the Des Joachims Bridge, which crosses the Ottawa River and connects Rapides-des-Joachims, Que., and Rolphton, Ont. This important bridge is used by area residents, businesses and tourists as it provides the only interprovincial crossing over the Ottawa River in the Upper Ottawa Valley.

“Nearly 500 vehicles cross the Des Joachims Bridge daily, making it an essential link for the community of Rapides-des-Joachims. This construction contract represents a significant step towards maintaining the bridge’s safety and functionality, ensuring it continues to meet the needs of both local and commercial traffic,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

The bridge requires several repairs and upgrades to minimize deterioration, prolong its lifespan and guarantee the safety of its users. This project has been carefully planned, with the engagement of stakeholders.

“The bridge represents a valuable link between the community of Rapides-des-Joachims and its neighboring communities, and is of critical importance to the economic and tourism vitality of our beautiful region,” said Sophie Chatel, MP for Pontiac.

Through this contract, Groupe Lapalme will repair and replace various parts of the bridge, and upgrade it to meet the latest standards. This work includes replacing bridge guide rails and traffic signs, as well as the masonry ballast wall, repairing deteriorated concrete, and stabilizing and protecting the slope on the Ontario side.

Construction is anticipated to begin on May 27 and be completed by August 10.

“The bridge plays an indispensable role at the heart of our community, serving as a vital year-round link for our children on their way to school, for our fellow citizens on their way to various points of service, including the hospital, and for our sawmill workers. It symbolizes the rhythm and essence of daily life in our town, reflecting the interconnectedness and unity of our community,” said Lucie Rivet-Paquette, Mayor of Rapides-des-Joachims.

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Featured image: The Des Joachims Bridge provides the only interprovincial crossing over the Ottawa River in the Upper Ottawa Valley between the towns of Rapides-des-Joachims, Que., and Rolphton, Ont. (Public Services and Procurement Canada)

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