The new Gouin bridge will be built to meet the needs of all users (vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists), creating significant benefits for the population of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the region.
The $126 million project involves building a new structure located slightly north of the existing one. This new bridge will have two lanes in each direction, shoulders, sidewalks, and a two-way bike path located on the south side. These feature will ensure the safety and functionality of the crossing, improve the movement of people and good and enhance the urban landscape.
The total project cost is $126.3 million. Of this amount, the government of Quebec will provide $94.3 million. Through the Building Canada Fund, the Government of Canada will provide up to $18.6M for the project. The City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu will also contribute $26 million for specific features on the new bridge and work on its road network.
Work will begin in the upcoming weeks. The existing bridge will remain open to traffic until the new bridge has been built to accommodate the approximately 20,000 vehicles that use it daily.