The Government of Canada announced it has awarded a contract of $24.6 million to Construction Demathieu & Bard Inc. for construction management services for the widening of the Hull Causeway and the Union Bridge rehabilitation on the Chaudière Crossing in the National Capital Region (NCR). These projects fit into a broader effort to improve interprovincial transportation in the NCR.

The widening of the Hull Causeway will provide dedicated continuous raised cyclist lanes and a wider sidewalk across the entire Chaudière Crossing as part of a complete street concept that will be in harmony with the Zibi development project and the remainder of the crossing. The raised cyclist lanes and the integration of a new lighting system will improve cyclist safety.

The Union Bridge is a single-span steel truss with an exposed concrete deck and has been in service for over 100 years. While the bridge has undergone rehabilitation a number of times, several steel and concrete components are at the end of their useful lives and therefore require repair or replacement.

Chaudières Crossing Union Bridge (CNW Group/Public Services and Procurement Canada)

The work will take place from July 2021 to September 2022. During the construction period, traffic will be limited to public transit, northbound traffic to Gatineau and active transportation. Commuting challenges may arise during (or as a result of) these construction projects. Plans are in place to minimize disruptions, and commuters will be provided with information once the work starts to consider alternatives during the construction period.

“The Union Bridge rehabilitation and the Hull Causeway widening on the Chaudière Crossing will provide long–lasting economic benefits to the communities on each side of the Ottawa River and more broadly to the region as a whole,” stated Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “The Government of Canada is committed to continuing to improve crossings in the National Capital Region through funding received in Budget 2019 and recently allocated to Public Services and Procurement Canada. We are ensuring that all our existing bridges are well maintained and support the efficient movement of people and goods in the region.”

Featured image: Chaudières Crossing Union Bridge (CNW Group/Public Services and Procurement Canada)

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